Team Finland’s roster lists two NHL goaltenders, the Boston Bruins’ Tuukka Rask and the Nashville Predators’ Pekka Rinne. SKA St. Petersburg goalie Mikko Koskinen makes the cut as the third string goalie.
TEAM FINLAND GOALTENDERS
Tuukka Rask had been one of the best goalies in the NHL from 2011 to 2014, but in recent years his performance has dropped. In the 2014-2015 season Rask’s save percentage was .922, dropping from .930 the year before. This past season it dropped further, to .915, which was not enough to get the Bruins into the playoffs. Rask will likely be Finland’s starter.
Rinne and Rask have similar stories, as Rinne has also declined in the last number of years after dominating the NHL. Rinne has struggled with injuries. After a poor 2013-14 injury shortened season, he bounced back in 2014-15 playing 64 games with a .923 save percentage. However, last season he had only a .908 in 66 games.
Mikko Koskinen was drafted by the New York Islanders in the second round of the 2009 draft. He struggled in the AHL, and only ever made four appearances in NHL games (these came in the 2010-11 season). In November, 2011 in returned to professional hockey in Finland. He’s played in the KHL since 2013. Koskinen had a .915 save percentage in 41 games with SKA St. Petersburg last season. Barring injury, he should not see any playing time for Finland.
Group: B (Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden)
First Game: Team North America vs. Team Finland, September 18, 5 p.m. PT, ESPN2