Kevin Lankinen – Undrafted Free Agent signing in May 2018
Kevin Lankinen seems to be the most interesting one of the group heading into training camp.
He hadn’t played much last season, just 19 games with Rockford, going 7-12-1 with a .910 save percentage, and 6 games with Indy, going 4-2-0 with a .893 save percentage.
Not the most convincing numbers and his playing time was due to both Forsberg and Delia being down in Rockford for most of the 2018-19 season.
At age 24, you’d like to see a goaltender like Lankinen come into his own and set into his style of play.
Kevin Lankinen did just that for Team Finland in the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia this past May.
In his team’s 10 games, he played in eight of them and won seven with a .942 save percentage.
Finland went on to stun Canada in the final to win gold. Not only was Team Finland a huge storyline during this tournament, but Lankinen was one of the notable players, and deservedly so.
Although this tournament goes on during the Stanley Cup playoffs, there’s still a large amount of all-star talent.
With Lankinen playing his best hockey at a time like this, it’ll be interesting to see how he performs with a full year in Rockford and a bigger opportunity to play.