We broke the story that he arrived at the Bradley Center during Saturday’s game. And it’s official now — goaltender Atte Engren has been assigned to the Admirals.
Here’s the Preds’ press release, but I wanted to highlight this quote from Assistant GM Paul Fenton.
“We’re going to let things play out, but Atte’s ability should allow him to get a chance down the stretch here for Milwaukee. After winning the championship last year, it took him probably about half way through the season until he got his game back together, but since the midpoint of the season he’s played very well. He signed with us this summer, so that gave us the flexibility to bring him over after his season was done in Finland. His size and athleticism led to the thought that we should bring him over and give him a prelude potentially for next season, if he does decide to play in North America next season.”
AH-tay EHN-grehn. #35. Get used to it.
With Dekanich a free agent after this season, the pairing of Smith and Engren may be our tandem in Milwaukee next year.
So Roundtable, how would you like the playing time to be divided the rest of this season? For the sake of this discussion, let’s assume that Dekanich won’t be back until the playoffs.
How would you divy up the last 11 games? Keeping in mind a 3-in-3 stretch this weekend…
Also, is this officially the end of Chet Pickard’s chance with the organization? Or has that day long since passed?