Samu Perhonen tops Scandinavian netminders
There are currently seven Finnish goaltenders in the NHL, but many insiders and experienced scouts think that in the near future there will be at least one more.
Samu Perhonen is the top ranked young goalie from Finland and he is also considered the top goaltending draft prospet from Europe.
"Perhonen has an solid foundation to develop and build on," says Mika Tarvainen, goaltending coach with Timra of the Swedish Elite league. "There are no real flaws to his game. He only needs to mature and get more experience and it won't surprise me if he ends up playing in the NHL."
For the past eight seasons Tarvainen has worked with Timra in Sweden and since Tarvainen's home in Sweden is only minutes away from Sundsvall, he went to see Perhonen during the U-18 tournament in November. Here's what he and some other scouts had to say about Perhonen's game, as well as four other top netminders in the Finnish leagues.
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