NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 21: Juuso Valimaki # 8 of the Calgary Flames (Photo by Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)
Calgary Flames have announced Juuso Valimaki will travel abroad for playing time soon The 21-year-old Finnish defender will return to Finland to team up with Tampereen Ilves to start this season
The young defender needs some playing time somewhere He missed all last season with an injury and needs to get back on the ice
Valimaki was the 16th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft He has scored 19 goals and 61 points in 60 WHL games with the Tri-City Americans this season He has shown the potential for become a top pair bilateral NHL defenseman in the future, and lived up to that bill at a young age
The 6’2 ″, 210-pound left-shot defenseman had a terrific 2018-19 season He made his professional debut that season and scored four goals and 14 points in 20 AHL games before d ‘to be called Valimaki played 24 games with the big club at the age of 20 and looked rather comfortable at the top level
Sadly, the young blue liner was injured in August 2019 after his strong rookie campaign He tore his ACL training to prepare for 2019-20 and missed the entire season
News that Valimaki is heading to Finland at least confirms that he’s in good health again It’s a huge step in the right direction for the young player After not playing a game for almost 18 months, it will be important for him to get a few reps before trying to reprise a role on the Flames’ blue line.
Finnish Premier League set to start this weekend It will be interesting to see how quickly Valimaki enters the roster Next it will be important to watch how quickly he can get back into shape
Having not played in about a year and a half already, it was important to find a place for Valimaki to play soon We don’t know how long we’ll have to wait before seeing the Calgary Flames in action again, but we know Valimaki could finally have a chance to play this weekend
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