The Juuse Saros hype train was pumping at full-steam long before he started playing professionally in North America. This past off-season saw him sign his entry-level contract and paved the way for the Nashville Predators to trade away Magnus Hellberg to the New York Rangers. It didn’t take long to see what all the hype was about. Saros has performed brilliantly in Milwaukee as he transitions to the smaller North American ice.
Through 51 games for the Admirals this season they’ve been able to lean on both goaltenders without ever requiring the need to pull a starter from a contest. That means all 23 appearances this season for Saros have been starts and, of them, he has earned 17 wins. That is the most amount of wins by a rookie goaltender in the AHL this season. The next closest to him is Maxime Lagacé of the Texas Stars who has 15 wins. Both Lagacé and Saros have the same save percentage of 0.919 but Saros holds the edge elsewhere with a 2.33 goals against average and has earned a pair of shutouts.
In a slight surprise, the 20-year old Finn earned his first career NHL call-up and made his NHL debut starting for the Predators on home ice 11/28/15 against the Buffalo Sabres. Sadly, he took the loss that night. He stopped 20/23 shots on goal with the Sabres scoring twice on the power-play to push them over the top on the evening. Still, at 20-years of age in his first months of playing professional hockey in North America, I think it is safe to say that NHL appearance isn’t going to be the last of his career. This kid is a talented one as well as a very mature one. I’m pretty sure that will come across in this interview.
Cheers to Juuse Saros for taking the time to do this interview. Reminder, my check list of players that you’ve suggested to hear from next on Fifteen is pretty bare. Please comment down below with more suggestions!
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