Kevin Lankinen has Been a Reliable Backup to Saros
Kevin Lankinen is a three-year NHL veteran who got his NHL start with the Chicago Blackhawks before being signed by the Predators on July 14, 2022, to a one-year, $1.5 million AAV contract.
Lankinen was brought in by the Predators to back up their stud goaltender and 2021-2022 Vezina Trophy Finalist, Juuse Saros. In his nine games, eight of them starts, Lankinen has been impressive so far.
"“I have some great memories from here. My first win, first shutout, first game. Such great people here, too. I’ll forever be thankful to the organization for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream.” Kevin Lankinen on his return to Chicago."
Going 3-4-1 in his eight starts may not seem impressive but his other numbers are solid as a backup. A .916 save percentage and 2.91 GAA gives the Predators stability when Saros needs a rest.
While Lankinen’s record does not look the best those are some pretty impressive numbers being put up by a backup goaltender in the NHL. In three of his five losses, he gave up five goals to the likes of Vegas, Edmonton and Colorado.
With prospects such as Yaroslav Askarov and Devin Cooley it is unknown what the future holds for Lankinen with the Nashville Predators organization. If Lankinen is not wearing a Predators sweater next season, he has shown that he has what it takes to be a top starting goalie again.