Aittokallio: I wanna be no. 1 in the AHLYoung Finnish goaltender shared his feelings on the upcoming season with Eurolanche.
Pickard, Kieran Millan, Kent Patterson and Sami Aittokallio. It is clearly the Avalanche organization and its
two main affiliates will not have problems with the goaltending situation in the
upcoming seasons. Four young goalies are ready for the senior hockey after
their junior careers ended. One of them was born and raised in Finland – the country which has produced
many good goaltenders.
Aittokallio spent last years in his home country and
not in the States like the rest of a foursome. “I have always had so good coaches and I've been developing year after
year so I felt like there is no need to leave,” said Aittokallio in the
exclusive interview for www.eurolanche.com.
Sami entered the top Finnish league called Elite in the season 2009/2010. Since
then he had started to appear in more games in the second highest league too. “Well juniors are always juniors. Biggest
difference between Elite (top Finnish league) and second highest league is pace
of the game. There play lots of good players in Elite league and you will face more
accurate and harder shots,” remembers on his time in two top Finnish hockey
Sami was very busy in the last seasons. He did not
play only for two local hockey teams in the top and the second hockey league. He
was dressed for two junior hockey team and two national teams (U19 and U20 tournaments) too. Sum up,
Aittokallio appeared in 40 games of six different teams in 2010/11.
In the last season, he played “only” games in the top
and second league and junior national team. Sami definitely loved the number
one league back in home, but had hard debut there. “I got pulled before second period ended,” smiles today on the
game on which he will never forget.
Aittokallio shined at the last World Junior
Championship when he made 56 saves in the semifinal against Sweden. His
national team finally lost 2:3 in shutouts. Due his age he is unable to
continue the junior representation. His way currently heads to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. It will
be his first North American experience. “I
want to be number one for Lake Erie,” said without doubt for Eurolanche. “I don't have any big expectations. I'm just coming over to do what I
have always done. Of course I want to and I need to keep developing so I can
someday make it to "The Show" and I'm willing to do all it needs to
make it there,” shared his feelings on the upcoming training camp and the
Cutthroats of the CHL, no Finnish hockey league, only Lake Erie. The main objective
is ready for Sami. It will be not easy for four young goaltenders. All are
well-talented and more than ready for the higher level. The season of the
Monsters organization will depend on young guns without any support of some
veteran goalie backup. Cutthroats will get two of them after camps. That two
who failed to make to the AHL roster will not be definitely average additions
to the new Denver-based team. Cutthroats´ management knows today for sure they
will get big support from anybody from this foursome.
Highest ranked Avalanche goalie prospect Pickard and
Aittokallio with his rich international experiences are top candidates for the
new duo in the next season in the Lake Erie. Everything will depend on them. It
could be a big success of the Avalanche organization and their scouts. We
believe in only this option. And if you ask Sami on his goaltending style, he
makes fun like all the time: “Some other
can figure out my style. I just try to catch that small black rubber thing!”
David Puchovsky, Slovakia, email@example.com
13/09/2012 - 14:00