26-Year-Old Goalie – San Jose Sharks
Harri Sateri Contract Information:
Signed with Vityaz Podolsk of the KHL in May 2014.
Sateri was given a qualifying offer by the Sharks on Monday, ensuring they retain his negotiating rights.
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Sateri looked like he was the third-string twinetender for the Sharks despite posting a pretty rough 2.95 goals against average and a save percentage of .894 through 45 games last season in the AHL. Even still, it wasn't a bad position to be in with Antti Niemi's contract expiring after this season and the Sharks looking to re-focus on the youth. But that didn't appeal to Sateri, who has jumped ship and will be playing in the KHL this season. The Sharks retain his rights if he decides to return to the NHL, but we won't be seeing him this season.
Sateri saw his status in the Sharks organization slip with a middling 2011-12 with Worcester of the AHL. He has a great work ethic, but like a lot of young butterfly goalies, he still goes down too early and too soon. But, he has found the adjustment to the smaller North American ice a real challenge. We still like Sateri's pedigree, but he needs to buckle down and deliver. And he needs to do it right off the top or he'll end up in the dreaded East Coast league. He'll battle Tyson Sexsmith for the privilege to back up Worcester's starter, Alex Stalock, this year.
Team Teal has a number of goalies developing in the system, but at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Sateri is one of the biggest in terms of build. The Finnish netminder turned pro with AHL Worcester last season, posting a 2.56 goals-against average and .918 save percentage through seven games. He should not be on your fantasy radar in 2011-12.
The Finnish goalie with the rhyming name inked an entry-level deal with the Sharks in July of 2010. He's been dutifully turning away pucks in Europe, and when he gets his first shot with the Sharks most likely depends on how Team Teal's potential three-headed monster in goal (Antero Niittymaki, Antti Niemi, and Thomas Greiss) shakes out this year.