The Edmonton Oilers signed another 2011 draft pick today, Finnish goaltender Frans Tuohimaa. The tall, lean Finnish goalie (6.02, 180) went 13, 2.29 .912 in the SM-Liiga this year and has been close to insane in the playoffs (2, 0.77 .960).
This is a 7th round pick–he was chosen 182nd overall–and the chances of him becoming an NHL goaltender are still mammoth. Still, his getting this far should be considered a pretty nice accomplishment itself. He’s 21, and part of an organization that has only three other goalies signed–Devan Dubnyk, Olivier Roy and Tyler Bunz. Niko Hovinen is rfa.
When it comes to this player, I’m always reminded of an article by Lisa McRitchie and this:
- McRitchie: You would think that because one of the Finnish goaltenders was selected in the third round, and the other not until the seventh round, that one is better than the other. ”Not really quite true. We just thought that with the younger guy, that you needed to get at it, that if you wanted to get him you’ve got to step up and get him just because he’s in his draft year. Sometimes those later aged guys, you can take a little bit more of a chance. I know that [Oilers goaltending coach] Freddie Chabot saw these guys play over in Finland and has watched tape on them. He was really thrilled when I phoned him just before the seventh, just before our pick. I said, ‘What if we take Tuohimaa with this one’, and he said, ‘I’d be really happy.’”
In the winter 2012 Oilers top 20, I had Tuohima ranked #23:
- At 21, Tuohimaa is a solid backup in a very good European league. However, I’m not sure the Oilers sign him this spring. Why? A couple of reasons. First, the Oilers claimed goaltender Niko Hovinen on waivers recently and that suggests the club is looking to improve their pro goaltending from outside. Second, Tuohimaa was drafted in the 7th round, so the Oilers would need to like him a lot more than Perhonen for them to sign Tuohimaa (it is unlikely they’ll sign both goalies).
Where does this put Perhonen? Well, it isn’t good.