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when will luukkonen be called up do you think?

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how long before ukko pekka luukkonen will be called up. any chance its this year as a part time backup? or is he 2 to 3 years our? is he still projected to be a great goaltender? or is he another ullmark (should be career backup)?

I dont follow the lower levels of hockey, but it looks like he had a rough go at it in Rochester, but did well with the cyclones. I was able to watch i think 2 games on the tv with him playing, and he looked OK to me, but i am nowhere near able to judge talent. 

 

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Most likely he’ll play another year in Cincinnati, and then move up to Rochester. At least two more years in the minors.

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He's the starter in Rochester this year with a call up or two. Maybe he gets hot and leads the Sabres on a long playoff run later in the season. It happens other places, why not?  

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2 hours ago, Norcal said:

He's the starter in Rochester this year with a call up or two. Maybe he gets hot and leads the Sabres on a long playoff run later in the season. It happens other places, why not?  

If he’s the starter in Roch.... the team is in trouble. AT BEST he’s the backup in Roch. Most likely he starts in cinci

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The proper path for UPL will be to start the season splitting time with Johansson and then, through his play, taking over the top spot by the time the playoffs roll around.

Next year he will be the uncontested number one down there.

The year after is the first he could realistically push for time in Buffalo.

It will be a huge disappointment for him to start this season in Cincinnati (assuming there is an AHL season). The kid spent last season coming back from double hip surgery and still dominated the ECHL. He's a talent and he needs to take the next step for his development.

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Nice to be just looking to add a backup goaltender... at least for one year.  Maybe some trades to reconfigure the D... though I don't think Risto goes anywhere.  Sabres need his big body.  Would love it if they could find another big body to go along with him and reduce his minutes.  But with Borgen ready to step up it gives the Sabres some options.

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Couple years away.  He probably needs real time in Rochester.  I expect that he will split time with Johansson in Rochester over the next couple years, probably getting a few NHL starts in along the way.  

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He needs to prove he can play in the NHL, first step is having some sustained success in Rochester.  Would be great if he takes over as backup in 2022, but that might be too soon.

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He is only 1 year removed from junior hockey. Goalies usually need a lot of seasoning.

Carter Hart has been the recent exception.

My guess is 2 years in the AHL, if there is a season this year. A strong showing in Liiga right now would boost his confidence level.

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thanks everyone. i was certainly not into rushing him but i love good goaltending, so i am interested in the sabres having great goaltending

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Not this year, unless something disastrous happens, or he dominates the AHL.

 

I imagine he's a backup to Johansson right now, who has an AHL all-star last year. I like 6K, but he's got a ways to go. Hasn't established himself in the AHL yet. 

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12 hours ago, pastajoe said:

Most likely he’ll play another year in Cincinnati, and then move up to Rochester. At least two more years in the minors.

It would be a major disappointment if UPL spent another year in the ECHL.  I would think he is starting at least half of the games with the Amerks this year...assuming there is an AHL season.

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1 hour ago, Gabrielor said:

Not this year, unless something disastrous happens, or he dominates the AHL.

 

I imagine he's a backup to Johansson right now, who has an AHL all-star last year. I like 6K, but he's got a ways to go. Hasn't established himself in the AHL yet. 

Thank you. People seem to forget Johansson played really well last year for Rochester.

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So 5k to Rochester, what about DiPietro from Cincinnati could move him to Rochester as bkup and Johannson to Buffalo.  Not saying that is what they are thinking but I guess it could be... then need to find a goalie for Cincinnati. 

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50 minutes ago, North Buffalo said:

So 5k to Rochester, what about DiPietro from Cincinnati could move him to Rochester as bkup and Johannson to Buffalo.  Not saying that is what they are thinking but I guess it could be... then need to find a goalie for Cincinnati. 

My recollection was that Johannson did not look ready for the NHL in his handful of appearances last season.

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1 hour ago, North Buffalo said:

So 5k to Rochester, what about DiPietro from Cincinnati could move him to Rochester as bkup and Johannson to Buffalo.  Not saying that is what they are thinking but I guess it could be... then need to find a goalie for Cincinnati. 

What about this Houser guy mentioned in the Amerks thread?

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55 minutes ago, LabattBlue said:

What about this Houser guy mentioned in the Amerks thread?

I feel if Houser plays anywhere besides Cincinnati the Amerks and Sabres are in trouble.

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8 minutes ago, JimS said:

I feel if Houser plays anywhere besides Cincinnati the Amerks and Sabres are in trouble.

That is what I was referring to.  Previous poster was asking about finding a goalie for Cincinnati.  Houser seems to be their man.

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5 hours ago, Weave said:

My recollection was that Johannson did not look ready for the NHL in his handful of appearances last season.

Your recollection is correct.  I saw him play in one game live and he clearly was not ready for the NHL.  It's not to say he won't/can't develop, but he played like a rookie who was overwhelmed.

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