Janne Juvonen
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Janne Juvonen


Kiihtelysvaara Finland

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7th round (203rd overall), 2013


178 lbs.

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2009-10: Janne Juvonen played at three levels for the Jokipojat club in Joensuu, Finland. He appeared in one game with the club’s U20 team and split the year between the U18 and U16 squads. Juvonen played six games for Finland’s U16 team.

2010-11: Juvonen appeared in 20 regular season games and seven qualifying playoff games for Jokipojat’s Division 1 U20 team as a 16-year-old, sharing the goaltending duties with Milo Pirttinen. He also skated for the club’s U18 team and represented Finland at the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Juvonen had a 3.18 goals against and .905 save percentage in the regular season for the Jokipojat U20 team and had a 4.24 goals against and .877 save percentage in the playoffs. Jokipojat finished second in it’s group in Division I and finished second to Kiekko-Vantaa in the playoffs – just missing elevation to the top division. Juvonen posted a 1.00 goals against and .950 save percentage in four games with Jokipojat’s U18 team. In four games at the WHC he had a 4.00 goals against and .907 save percentage.

2011-12: Juvonen made his SM-Liiga after going from the Division 1 Jokipojat club to top division Pelicans and made his first pro start in the final game of the SM-Liiga finals. He made his pro hockey debut in a relief appearance in November and played in another late season game. He was 1-1 in his two regular season appearances with a 2.66 goals against and .923 save percentage. With Pelicans starter Niko Hovinen injured during the playoffs, Juvonen came on in relief of Joonas Kuusela to start the third period in Game Four of the finals against JyP, a 5-4 overtime loss. Juvonen started the decisive fifth game, stopping 26 of 28 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss. In 20 games for the Pelicans U20 team he had a 2.86 goals against and .912 save percentage. He played 15 games for the Pelicans U18 team and had a 2.10 goals against and .905 save percentage.

2012-13: Juvonen appeared in four games for Pelicans – which slipped from second to 11th place in the SM-Liiga. He spent most of the year with Peliitat in Mestis and with the Pelicans U20 team. Juvonen represented Finland at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship. He was 1-3 with Pelicans with a 3.51 goals against and .884 save percentage, playing in three early season contests before being loaned to Peliitat and appearing in one March game. In 17 games for seventh-place Peliitat he had a 3.18 goals against and .902 save percentage and he did not play in any playoff games. Juvonen played 11 games for Pelicans U20 team and had a 2.97 goals against and .902 save percentage. He stopped all 15 shots in his only game at the WJC, an 8-0 shutout of Germany in the relegation round. Not among the 10 European goalies in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Juvonen was selected by Nashville in the seventh round (203rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Juvonen appeared in five Liiga games with Pelicans — spending most of the season playing in Mestis — and was the third goalie for the Finland gold medal-winning team at the U20 worlds but did not see any action.  The 19 year old finished the year with a strong run for the Pelicans Lahti U20 team in the playoffs. Juvonen played in four regular season games for Pelicans as a backup to veteran Jere Myllyniemi and was 2-1 with a 3.29 goals against and .870 save percentage. He appeared briefly in one playoff game with no shots or saves. Juvonen played eight games for Pelicans Mestis affiliate Peliitat, posting a 4.53 goals against and .863 save percentage for the 10th-place club. He had a 1.99 goals against and .932 save percentage in four games on loan to third-place KooKoo Kouvola. In eight playoff games for the Pelicans U20 team he was 4-3 with two shutouts and a 1.25 goals against and .959 save percentage — including a 51 save game against eventual champion Espoo in a 3-2 overtime loss in the semifinals.

2014-15: Juvonen proved capable of handling a large workload in his first Liiga season with Pelicans Lahti, appearing in a career-high 46 games. Playing for a team that finished 12th in the 14-team Finnish elite league, he was 12-23-11 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.51 goals against and 2.51 save percentage; facing 1418 shots during the season.

Talent Analysis

Juvonen is an averaged size goalie who is fundamentally sound and shows a decent amount of athleticism. Still a project at this point, he is technically sound and plays a solid, steady game but must continue to develop his strength and technical skills to compete at the elite level. He plays with a sense of calm while in the net which is a plus.


Juvonen once again attended the Predators development camp in July but has yet to sign an entry-level contract. His contract with Pelicans is through the 2016-17 season so he will likely spend at least one more season in Liiga. Juvonen, like current Flames' goalie Karri Ramo at a similar stage early in his career, played well for a Lahti team that wasn't very good and made the most of an opportunity. His long-term potential is still a bit of a mystery and the Predators' goaltending picture is a crowded one but Juvonen appears headed in the right direction.

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