Juho Olkinuora
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Juho Olkinuora

Hometown:

Helsinki Finland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-11-04

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2009

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

201 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Juho Olkinuora returned to Finland after spending a season with the Chadder’s midget team in Utah and played for the HIFK U20 team. Sharing the goaltending duties with Edmonton prospect Frans Tuohimaa, he had a 3.81 goals against and .887 save percentage with 1 shutout in 27 games. HIFK finished 12th but avoided relegation in the Karsintasarja playoffs. In six playoff games Olkinuora had a 2.33 goals against and .914 save percentage.

2009-10: Olkinuora split the goaltending with Tuohimaa as a 19-year-old in his second season with the HIFK U20 team. He had a 2.15 goals against and .923 save percentage with 3 shutouts in 24 regular season games. HIFK was first in the regular season and lost to Karpat in the SM-Liiga U20 finals. Tuohimaa saw the bulk of the action in the playoffs and in four playoff games Olkinuora had a 4.98 goals against and .831 save percentage.

2010-11: Olkinuora returned to North America to play for the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede and pursue an NCAA scholarship. Sharing the goaltending duties with future Minnesota State goalie Stephon Williams (NY Islanders), he appeared in 27 games and was 14-13 with 1 shutout; posting a 2.78 goals against and .900 save percentage. The Stampede finished third in the Western Conference and reached the conference semifinals against eventual Clark Cup champion Dubuque. Olkinuora was 2-3 in five playoff games with a 2.79 goals against and .911 save percentage. In June 2011 he committed to playing college hockey at Denver in 2011-12.

2011-12: Olkinuora appeared in 22 games for the University of Denver as a freshman. Sharing the goaltending with junior Adam Murray and sophomore Sam Brittain (Florida), he was 9-8-3 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.18 goals against and .924 save percentage. The Pioneers finished third in the WCHA and reached the WCHA Broadmoor Trophy championship; receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and falling to Ferris State, 2-1, in a Midwest Regional semifinal game.

2012-13: Olkinuora signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Jets in April 2013 following his sophomore season at Denver and made his pro hockey debut with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s. He stopped 25 of 28 shots in his only start for the IceCaps, a 4-1 loss to Hamilton on April 19th. Olkinuora was 13-6-5 with 3 shutouts in 24 games for Denver and had a 2.35 goals against and .927 save percentage in his final season. The Pioneers tied for fourth in the WCHA and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after falling to rival Colorado College in a three-game WCHA playoff series. Olkinuora stopped 35 of 39 shots in a 5-2 loss to New Hampshire in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals.

2013-14: Olkinuora skated in ten regular season games with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s in his first pro season — spending most of the year in the ECHL with the Ontario Reign. He was 5-3-1 with one shutout and had a 3.25 goals against and .893 save percentage with the IceCaps but did not play in any post-season games during the run to the Calder Cup finals. Backing up fourth-year pro Edward Pascale with the IceCaps in the first half, Olkinuora was 4-3-1 with one shutout and a 3.16 goals against and .893 in his first nine games. Essentially swapping spots with fellow Jets’ prospect Michael Hutchinson, he spent the second half with Ontario. Olkinuora made one late season start with the IceCaps, stopping 20 shots in a 5-4 win over Springfield while Hutchinson was with the Jets. In 27 regular season ECHL games he was 14-11-1 and had a 3.01 goals against and .887 save percentage. The Reign finished first in the Pacific Division; falling to Stockton in four games in a best-of-seven first round series. Olkinuora started two playoff games and was 0-2 with a 3.61 goals against and .870 save percentage. 

Talent Analysis

Olkinuoara, signed by the Jets after two seasons of college hockey, has the size as well as the physical attributes and technical skills to be a successful pro goalie. However, to this point he has mostly skated at the ECHL level and not yet shown the consistency to be successful in the AHL or NHL.

Future

Olkinuora is in the second year of his original two-year, entry-level contract and is with the ECHL's Ontario Reign to start the 2014-15 season. With a crowded goaltending situation for Winnipeg, he will have to have a strong season to earn a new contract. While there are elements of his game to like, whether he can advance above minor league hockey is still uncertain. He may have to spend at least part of his career in Europe to earn an NHL opportunity.

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