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    No doubt light years away, but still a stepping stone.

    https://twitter.com/mnwild/status/996812770552238080

    NEWS: #mnwild has signed goalie Kaapo Kahkonen to a two-year, entry-level contract.


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    He was one of the best goalies in the Finnish Liiga this season. I thought he deserved consideration for Goalie of the Year but didn't get a top 3 nomination for some reason.


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    Thoughts on his ETA? 2020 at the earliest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazz View Post
    Thoughts on his ETA? 2020 at the earliest?
    Depends, if he has a strong rookie year in the AHL I can see him in the running for the backup job in the fall of 2019. He doesn't exactly have strong competition ahead of him and Stalock isn't a golden boy either. Then again it's even more likely they would go with another UFA vet if they move on from Stalock...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazz View Post
    Thoughts on his ETA? 2020 at the earliest?
    Who knows. He turns 22 in August and I normally predict somewhere around the age of 25 before I start expecting to see goalies really show us who they really are as a pro. 2020 puts him in the 24 years of age so he wouldnt be far off but I think he's still another year or two past that if I had to guess. As I say, nothing is out of the question but most goalies dont get to the NHL that early unless they are something special. I dont think he's that special but as I say, time will tell.


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    He probably needs 2-3 years in the AHL which is very common for goalies. We'll know more in a year or two.


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    I think the combo of turning 22, and signing the ELC without any stiff competition behind Duby is going to make him relevant faster than people think. First step is to have a stellar AHL season, if that doesn't happen, then it doesn't matter what competition exists in the organization - then the back up - Stalock becomes a UFA end of 18/19 season. I really like this kid, I nabbed him last year & trying to find room for him in another pool.

    The only other prospect G of note is Steve Michalek but he's a couple years older and still in the AHL. so not really competition.
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    I have been covertly watching this guy for a couple of years. And have wanted to pick him up for a while. I don't think it's too early anymore now that he is signed and set to play pro over here.
    One pause I have is that Dobber really buried him in his last peospect G rankings. Any other Euro watchers know a good reason why he wouldnt be Dubnyks heir apparent?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Glatt View Post
    I have been covertly watching this guy for a couple of years. And have wanted to pick him up for a while. I don't think it's too early anymore now that he is signed and set to play pro over here.
    One pause I have is that Dobber really buried him in his last peospect G rankings. Any other Euro watchers know a good reason why he wouldnt be Dubnyks heir apparent?
    I can't really offer any insight other than I picked him up too with the same thoughts you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Glatt View Post
    I have been covertly watching this guy for a couple of years. And have wanted to pick him up for a while. I don't think it's too early anymore now that he is signed and set to play pro over here.
    One pause I have is that Dobber really buried him in his last peospect G rankings. Any other Euro watchers know a good reason why he wouldnt be Dubnyks heir apparent?
    I am not a Euro watcher (JP is the best one to answer that) but probably for the same reasons no one really knows if he is.


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