Frans Tuohimaa
Image: Jokerit

Frans Tuohimaa

Hometown:

Helsinki Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1991-08-19

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (182nd overall), 2011

Weight:

178 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Frans Tuohimaa made his debut for HIFK U20 playing in just one game and posting a .750 save percentage and a 10.71 GAA.

2008-09: Tuohimaa played 18 games for HIFK U20, put up a .885 save percentage and a 3.97 GAA.

2009-10: Tuohimaa played the full season with HIFK U20 appearing in 20 regular season games ending the season with a 2.89 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He also played 12 games in the postseason, with a 2.67 GAA and .909 save percentage.

2010-11: Tuohimaa played in 37 games as the starter for Jokerit’s U20 club. Led the league with a .931 save percentage to go along with a paltry 2.14 GAA. In 7 playoff games, he posted a .930 save percentage and a 2.97 GAA.

2011-12: Tuohimaa appeared in 18 games for SM-Liiga club Jokerit as a back-up to veteran Eero Kilpelainen in his first pro season and was loaned to Kiekko-Vantaa in Mestis (Finnish second league). He returned to the Jokerit U20 team at the end of the year – back-stopping the club to the SM-Liiga U20 finals for the second straight year. Playing in the SM-Liiga he was 6-11 with five losses coming in overtime and posted a 2.65 goals against and .898 save percentage. Tuohimaa was 6-10 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.82 goals against and .928 save percentage in 16 games with Kiekko-Vantaa. He started all four playoff games and had a 4.56 goals against  .882 save percentage as Kiekko-Vantaa was swept by Jukurit. Tuohimaa was 4-4 with 1 shutout in eight playoff games with Jokerit U20 and had a 1.68 goals against and .933 save percentage.

2012-13: Tuohimaa appeared in 15 SM-Liiga games, including two playoff contests, in his second season with Jokerit and skated for Kiekko-Vantaa in Mestis. Backing up veteran Eero Kilpelainen, he was 5-2-6 in 13 regular season games with a 2.29 goals against and .912 save percentage. Tuohimaa made two relief appearances in the playoffs. He stopped all eight shots he faced in Game 4 of the series with Lukko replaced Kilpelainen in the first period of the decisive Game 6 – allowing 1 goal on 17 shots. Tuohimaa had a 2.47 goals against and .915 save percentage in 16 games with Kiekko-Vantaa. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with Edmonton in April 2013 and signed a contract to play for HPK in Finland in 2013-14.

2013-14: Tuohimaa had a successful pro debut in North America after joining Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in April following his season in Finland. He stopped 38 of 40 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over Iowa in his only game with the Barons. Loaned to HPK Hameenlinna in Finland’s Liiga at the start of the year, he appeared in 19 games as a backup to Liiga’s top rookie Juuse Saros (Nashville). Tuohimaa was 4-10-3 with one shutout and had a 3.12 goals against and .889 save percentage. He played 12 games, including seven playoff games for Vaasa Sport in Mestis and had a .926 save percentage. Sport finished second in the regular season before falling in the playoff quarterfinals. 

Talent Analysis

Tuohimaa is a big bodied butterfly goalie. He is smart and technically sound. He is not the most athletically gifted player but makes the most of his ability and has a strong work ethic.

Future

Tuohimaa attended training camp with the Oilers and is in his first pro season in North America in 2014-15. With veteran Richard Bachman and second-year pro Laurent Brossoit having success with AHL affiliate Oklahoma City there have been limited opportunities for Tuohimaa with that club and he has spent most of the year with the ECHL's Bakersfield Condors. Bakersfield has struggled to reach the .500 mark and Tuohimaa's numbers reflect that inconsistency. Long-term, his physical attributes and work ethic suggest he can be a serviceable backup at the NHL level one day. Expecting anything more than that is overly optimistic.  

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