Perhonen’s U18 struggles raise questions

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Heading into the World Under-18 Championship, he was the 2011 NHL Entry Draft’s top-ranked European goaltender.

But Germany left more questions than answers for Finnish product Samu Perhonen.

Ranked 31st overall by Future Considerations heading into the tournament, Perhonen’s struggles have many scouts, including FC’s Dan Stewart, second guessing the six-foot-three netminder.

“While he was not being looked to carry the Finnish entry in Germany, more was expected from the top rated European goaltender,” Stewart said. “He looked shaky and scrambled on multiple occasions and was outplayed by a handful of tenders.”

Perhonen started four of six games for the Finns, recording a 2-2 record with a less than spectacular 3.52 goals against average and .875 save percentage. Finland finished fifth.

The shaky performance could result in a slide on draft day, according to Stewart.

“While scouts love his size and style, his performance in Germany led many to believe his game is not as polished as first thought,” Stewart noted. “His stock might have slipped to the point of not being the first or even second European trained goaltender off the board come this June.”

Aaron Vickers is the managing editor of Future Considerations and can be found on Twitter. For all the latest Future Considerations news and posts, follow FC’s Official Twitter Feed, on YouTube and on Facebook!
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