Juuse Saros
Juuse Saros
24-Year-Old GoalieG
Nashville Predators
2018 Fantasy Outlook
In his second season as the Predators backup to starting netminder Pekka Rinne, Saros rebounded from a poor start to post some pretty decent numbers by the end of the season. After going 1-3-1 in his first five games, along with a 3.71 GAA and .870 save percentage, Saros was sent down to the AHL a number of times to get in some extra starts with the Milwaukee Admirals. The move seemed to pay off, as Saros went 10-2-6 the rest of the way for the Preds with three shutouts, improving his GAA and save percentage to 2.44 and .925, respectively. Looking ahead, Rinne may have won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best netminder last season, but Saros remains the goalie of the future in Nashville. As Rinne's time with the club winds down – 2018-19 will be the final year of a hefty seven-year contract – Saros is well-positioned to take over the reins. He signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract in July, all but guaranteeing the Preds are readying him to take over as their No. 1 guy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $1.5 AAV contract with Nashville in July 2018.
Takes over in lopsided loss
GNashville Predators
April 17, 2019
Saros stopped 20 of 21 shots after replacing Pekka Rinne in a 5-1 loss to Dallas on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Despite the strong outing, Saros is unlikely to stay in the crease passed Wednesday and as such, has little to no fantasy value at this stage in the season. Expect the Predators to go back to Rinne when the two teams meet Saturday in Nashville for Game 5.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Saros started the 2016-17 season at AHL Milwaukee as the No. 3 guy on the Preds’ goalie depth chart, but it only took him a couple months to surpass Marek Mazanec and become Pekka Rinne’s full-time backup. He achieved that by posting a sparkling 13-2-0 record with a 1.86 GAA and .934 save percentage in the AHL, and the young Finn -- just 21 years old when he was called up -- carried his high level of play over to 21 NHL contests, going 10-8-3 with a 2.35 GAA and .923 save percentage. With two years remaining on Rinne’s contract, Saros doesn't figure to inherit the starting job anytime soon, but he certainly appears to be the Preds’ goalie of the future -- and a potential star of the league, at that. If Rinne struggles or goes down to injury, Saros could see his value spike in a hurry, but the veteran has generally enjoyed great health throughout his career.
After spending two seasons with Hameenlinna in the Finnish Elite League (2013-15), Saros made his transition to North America last season and posted outstanding numbers for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, finishing 29-8-0 with a 2.24 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Saros is currently expected to start the 2016-17 season back in Milwaukee, with fellow rookie Marek Mazanec likely to get the nod as Pekka Rinne's backup. However, if Mazanec falters, the Preds won't hesitate to give Saros a look. "I have no fear that if [Mazanec] doesn't do it that Saros can do it," Preds GM David Poile said at the team's Development Camp back in June. It may take another season or two for him to arrive, but currently it looks like Saros and Mazanec are the Preds' future between the pipes once the 33-year-old Rinne's career starts to wind down.
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Yields four goals in loss
GNashville Predators
March 30, 2019
Saros allowed four goals on 32 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
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Returns for Saturday start
GNashville Predators
March 30, 2019
Saros led his team out onto the ice Saturday against Columbus, suggesting he's over his illness and will start the contest in net, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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Won't play Friday
GNashville Predators
Illness
March 29, 2019
Saros (illness) will not take the ice for Friday's game against the Penguins, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
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Practicing despite illness
GNashville Predators
Illness
March 29, 2019
Saros is dealing with an illness, but he still practiced ahead of Friday's game against the Penguins, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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Shuts door on Minnesota
GNashville Predators
March 25, 2019
Saros posted his third shutout of the season Monday, stopping all 29 shots in a 1-0 win over Minnesota. With the win, the Predators officially clinched a playoff berth.
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