ISS: #6 goalie; Redline #6 goalie, 88 overall.
Kirk Luedeke: He’s got the lively size, athleticism and solid butterfly technique to be an NHL stopper in time. He reminds us of Tuukka Rask in terms of his body type and playing style and competes with the same kind of swagger and confidence when on top of his game. Like John Gibson, Perhonen will likely see a drop in where he is drafted compared to where he might have gone even last year simply because of the emerging trend for NHL clubs to focus on skill positions early and grab project goalies later because of the disparity in developmental timelines and the quality netminders who have been picked in the mid-to-late rounds as opposed to early on.
Redline report: One goalie who was surrounded by a lot of hype early on was Finland’s Samu Perhonen. He has the excellent size and athleticism NHL scouts crave, and looks every bit the part of today’s modern butterfly goalie. But he plays way too hyper a style for our liking with a lot of wasted movement. He overcommits on everything near his crease and often ends up beating himself. He also lacks any sense of anticipation for developing plays and comes up small on the big stage in important games. We suspect he’ll be taken fairly high on his very projectable size/athleticism combination, but he’ll require years of refining and technique work with a good goalie coach to realize his potential.
Butterfly goalie, which matches the name.