Jussi Rynnas
Image: Karpat

Jussi Rynnas

Hometown:

Pori Finland

Team:

Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1987-03-22

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2005

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2010

Weight:

212 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: This was the first season Jussi Rynnas would play as the number one goalie for Assat of SM-liiga. In 31 games, Rynnas would post a 2.48 GAA and .927 Save Percentage.

2010-11: Rynnas experienced a bit of a roller coaster season in his first year in North America with the AHL Marlies. After losing his first three starts he turned things around, going 5-2-2 in the month of November. Rynnas and the Marlies struggled in December and he saw limited action in the second half as he missed some time with a broken finger and Ben Scrivens played well and handled the bulk of the goaltending. Rynnas finished the season on a positive note, stopping 25 shots in a shutout win over Abbotsford in the last game of the year. In 30 games with the Marlies he was 10-18 with two shutouts and had a 2.71 GAA and .911 save percentage.

2011-12: Rynnas made his NHL debut in March 2012 under difficult circumstances after splitting the year between the Maple Leafs' AHL and ECHL affiliates. Called up as an emergency backup, he stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief of Jonas Gustavsson in a 3-0 loss to Carolina that officially eliminated Toronto from the playoffs. Rynnas only NHL start to date came to nights later when Gustavsson was struck by a puck in warm-ups. In what would be the Leafs 11th straight home loss, Rynnas allowed seven goals on 30 shots in a 7-1 game against the Flyers. Rynnas played 22 AHL games as a backup to Marlies' starter Ben Scrivens and was 11-10 with 3 shutouts with a 2.55 goals against and .910 save percentage. In fourteen games with the ECHL's Reading Royals he was 8-6 and had a 3.21 goals against and .914 save percentage. Rynnas was re-signed to one-year contract by the Leafs in July, 2012.

 

Talent Analysis

A big goalie at 6’5, Rynnas takes up a ton of the net and moves extremely well for his size. Not only is he quick, but he’s also aggressive and has a very competitive nature that should fit in well with Toronto. His aggressiveness can also act as a flaw; leaving him out of position at times. He’ll need to adjust to the smaller North American ice-surfaces, and work on his game-to-game consistency if he hopes to become a starting goaltender in the NHL.

 

Future

Rynnas has returned to Finland in 2013-14 to play for Karpat.

Projection: Agile goaltender with starter upside.

 

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