Samu Perhonen
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Samu Perhonen


Jamsankoski Finland

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3rd round (62nd overall), 2011


196 lbs.

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2008-09: Samu Perhonen spent most of the season with the JYP U-16 Junior “C” team. In 14 games, he posted a 2.72 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

2009-10: In 8 games for JYP's U-18 Junior B team, Perhonen posted a 3.27 goals-against average and a .875 save percentage.

2010-11: Perhonen played most of the season with JYP's U-20 Junior A team. In 29 games, he posted a 2.71 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Perhonen played for Finland at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, where he finished with a 3.52 goals-against average and a .875 save percentage in 4 games.

2011-12: Illness and injury during the summer were a precursor of what would be a very trying season for Perhonen. Affter being drafted by the Oilers in June 2011, Perhonen missed time early in the year and then struggled to find ice time both with  JyP-Akatemia in Mestis and with Jyp's U-20 team – as the club had two other impressive 19-year-old goalies. He played 11 games with JyP-Akatemia and was 3-8 with a 3.81 goals against and .887 save percentage. In five junior games he posted a 3.14 goals against and .923 save percentage. He was called up to JyP's SM-Liiga squad late in the season as a third goalie and was with JyP during it's championship playoff run but did see any game action.


Talent Analysis

Perhonen is the definition of a player with all the tools but significant questions about the toolbox. He has tremendous size, speed, athleticism, and reflexes, but his mental game--positioning, consistency, etc--is severely lacking at this point. While it's a good sign that the areas currently lacking can presumably be taught, he is still a long way from putting it all together.



Goalies are difficult to project at the best of times, and in Perhonen's case it's almost impossible. He has the physical tools to be an NHL calibre starter, however has struggled thus far in Finland's lower leagues and junior leagues. There is nothing to genuinely suggest he will emerge as anything more than an average Finnish League goalie at this point but he has a tantalizing set of skills that will buy him much more time to develop than many other goalies would get.


Edmonton Oilers 2011 draft review

by Lawrence Bailey
Photo: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the first overall draft pick of the 2011 NHL Draft. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Coming into the 2011 NHL Draft with nine picks, the Edmonton Oilers were already the beneficiaries of a string of strong drafts, boasting one of the better groups of prospects and young NHLers in the league. Among their nine picks were two in the first round, including the top pick overall for the second year in a row.

The major needs in the Oilers' system were an elite level center and a defenseman or two with top pairing upside. Beyond that, their existing organizational depth allowed Head Scout Stu MacGregor and his team with the luxury of selecting the player they believed to be the best available at each spot and further stock the system with talent.
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