Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators was name starting goaltender for the Rookie Team in this Saturday's Young Stars game which is a part of the NHL All-Star weekend in
The 26 Year old Rinne was drafted 258th overall by
The next three seasons Rinne played with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League leading them to the Calder Cup Finals in 2006. Rinne made a cameo appearance with the Predators for two games in 2005, winning his first NHL game on December 15 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.
After his breakout AHL season in 2005-2006 Rinne was slowed by a non-hockey related shoulder injury delaying his ascent to the NHL. Last season after a full recovery, he led the AHL in victories with 36. His solid play gave the Predators enough confidence to be able to trade veteran Chris Mason during the off season allowing Rinne to earn an NHL roster spot.
Rinne started this season as the Predators backup, but with Dan Ellis' struggles in goal he has gotten the bulk of the starts recently. After a rough start to the season, Pekka Rinne has turned out to be an outstanding player. The 6' 5”, 206 pound, Finnish rookie goaltender is having a tremendous season with a 2.33 goals against average, a .916 save percentage, and a record of 10-7-0. He has also had four shutouts this season, ranking him fifth in the league.
The format of this year's Young Stars game pits a team of rookies against the best of last year's rookie crop. It can be seen locally on Versus Network (Channel 38) on Saturday at 6:00 PM as part of the NHL Super Skills presentation. Rinne will travel to
Jackson Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass and The Columbia Daily Herald