Tuukka Rask – A good start to the Finnish.
Tuukka Rask was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected twenty-first overall, and was seen as the best European goalie prospect at that draft that year. However, fate had its role to play in Tuukka’s future. He was traded to our Boston Bruins for Calder Trophy winning goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Toronto had assumed their starting goalie, Justin Pogge would be the future of the team, and put Rask on the market. (Bruins’ management always seems to get out ahead on many of the big-deal trades.)
Rask spent the next two seasons playing in the Finnish SM-liiga for the Llves (-Lynx). In the league he put up a record of 30-25(with 18 ties), a 2.24 goals against, a .927 save percentage. On 5 May 2007, Rask signed a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins. He began practicing with the AHL affiliate, Providence Bruins. On 5 November 2007, Rask was called up for his first game with the Big Bruins(he lost). Two weeks later, he recorded his first NHL win, a 4–2 victory on the road against the team that drafted him, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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