Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Raanta will miss full week of prospect camp
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta will not participate in the on-ice activities at the team's prospect camp this week due to an undisclosed injury, the team announced on Tuesday.
The Blackhawks said Monday that Raanta missed the first day of the camp for “precautionary reasons” due to a “minor injury.”
The 24-year-old Raanta was signed to a one-year contract in June. He played last season in SM-liiga in Finland and was the league's regular-season and playoff MVP. He had a 21-10-11 record with five shutouts, a 1.85 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in the regular season.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in late June he wasn't sure whether Raanta would be ready to play in the NHL next season.
“I think we looked at signing [Raanta] as a move for the future,” Bowman said on June 27. “He's a young guy. He's 24 years old and hopefully he can adjust to North America quickly. Sometimes that takes a little bit of time, so we're not trying to rush him into anything. You know, obviously hockey is hockey, but the size of the rink is smaller over here, the style of play is a little bit different, so as a goaltender that can take some time. So, we want to allow for that transition and if it happens quickly that's great.”