Big body, big shot-blocker. That made more sense in my head.
Remember Niko Hovinen? The 6'7" Finnish goaltender who the Wild drafted in the fifth round of the
On the Minnesota end it was a little disappointing to let Hovinen go. It's not as if he was lighting up SM-Liiga after being drafted; if anything Hovinen was a backup and looking to be a bust. However, there aren't too many goalies with the tools and 6'7" body which Hovinen possesses and that speaks well despite the plethora of Wild prospects. This past season has served as a wakeup call, as he responded well with a .921 save percentage and 17-25-5 in 49 appearances (his team finished last) alongside being the third-string goaltender for Finland's World Championship-winning team. I can't be too disappointed given Minnesota has goaltending depth but the hope as a Wild fan is that this doesn't turn out to be another Pekka Rinne or even for Philadelphia another Sergei Bobrovsky. It's not like we've been burned before.