Joni Ortio
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Joni Ortio

Hometown:

Turku Finland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-04-16

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2009

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

6th round (171st overall), 2009

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Joni Ortio appeared in 10 games with the TuTo U18 squad (Jr. B 1 divisioona), posting a 3.02 GAA and a .927 save percentage. He was bumped up to its U20 squad for four more games later in the season, posting similar numbers.

2008-09: The net-minder joined up with the TPS U18 (Jr. B SM-sarja) this season, appearing in just one game with the squad. He then moved up to the U20 team (Jr. A SM-Liiga), where he saw 26 games; Ortio posted a 2.63 goals against average and a .918 save percentage with TPS U20. He also competed at his first WJC-18, claiming a 2.91 GAA and .903 save percentage, along with a Bronze Medal, through five games with the Finnish National U18 Team. He’s expected to stay within the TPS system until at least the 2010-11 season.

2009-10: Ortio started the season at the TPS (U20 Jr. A SM-liiga) where he posted a solid goals against average of 2.89 with a save percentage of .906 in 16 games in Finland. The young goalie would start in games at three different levels of Finnish leagues but played inconsistently in those games. He struggled representing his country at the World Junior Championships where he posted a goals against average of 3.02 with a poor save percentage of .845 in 6 tournament games.

2010-11: Ortio had a busy season when he started games at five different levels of play over the course of the year. The Finnish netminder’s best performance came at the World Junior Championships where he ranked second with both his 1.86 goals against average and .931 save percentage for the tournament. He was voted one of Finland’s top three players by the coaches and was the player of the game in their overtime battle against the U.S.  Ortio had a few starts in the second tier league and junior level, but spent a majority of the season at the top level with TPS in Finland. He earned a 2-7-3 record with a 3.12 goals against average and .910 save percentage in 15 SM-liiga games.  He signed an amateur try-out contract with Abbotsford at the end of the season, appearing in one game but was scorched for six goals on 30 shots. Ortio was given an entry level contract to get acclimated with teammates, North American and to be more comfortable coming to the development and rookie camps this summer.

2011-12: Ortio attended the Flames camp and began the season in Abbotsford before returning to  Finland in January to get more playing time. He appeared in nine games for Abbotsford as a backup to Leland Irving and then Danny Taylor and was 1-4 with a 2.94 goals against and .890 save percentage. Playing for TPS, which finished tenth in Finland’s SM-Liiga, he was 3-6-3 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.63 goals against and .909 save percentage. He appeared in two playoff games for TPS and was 0-1 with a 2.06 goals against and .946 save percentage.

2012-13: Ortio played a career-high 54 games for HIFK in the SM-Liiga and represented Finland at the 2013 IIHF World Championship. One of the few bright spots in a difficult season for the Helsinki club, he was 23-20-9 with 4 shutouts and had a 2.42 goals against and .917 save percentage. HIFK finished eighth in the 14-team league and after a preliminary series win against SaiPa lost to eventual Kanada Cup champion Tappara Tampere in the quarterfinals. Ortio started all eight playoff games, finishing 3-5, and had a 2.49 goals against and .922 save percentage. Ortio appeared in three games for Finland as Assat Pori’s Antti Raanta (Chicago) saw the bulk of the action. Ortio was 3-0 and had a 1.98 goals against and .897 save percentage in the tournament.

2013-14: Ortio made his NHL debut with the Flames in a February 27th game against the Kings, stopping 21 of 23 shots in a 2-0 loss. He played nine games with Calgary and was 4-4 with a 2.51 goals against and .891 save percentage. Ortio spent most of the season with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat with a brief stint in the ECHL with the Alaska Aces. He was 27-8 with two shutouts and had a 2.33 goals against and .926 save percentage in 37 regular season games for Abbotsford. The Heat finished second in the West Division before losing to Grand Rapids in a first round series. Ortio started all four playoff games and was 1-3 with a 2.88 goals against and .915 save percentage. In four games with the Aces he was 3-1 with two shutouts and had a 1.01 goals against and .944 save percentage. 

Talent Analysis

Ortio has good reflexes, rebound control and quick lateral movement while playing with great composure and poise under pressure. The young netminder can at times show flashes of brilliance and has the mental strength to excel on breakaways or shootouts. He will have to continue improving his overall strength and learn to play a more aggressive style against the shooter in order to play in North America.

Future

Ortio attended camp with the Flames before being assigned to new AHL affiliate Adirondack to start the 2014-15 season. One of the top goalies in the AHL in his second pro season in North America, he was recalled by Calgary in January and won the first four of his five starts before being returned to Adirondack. Another of the promising young goalies out of Finland, Ortio is pushing to crack the NHL level and could do so fairly soon.

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