In the midst of the media storm surrounding Tim Thomas’ decision to sit out the 2012-13 National Hockey League campaign, I can’t help but think of Tuukka Rask.

It may not be the ideal way to step into his new role as the potential starting goaltender for the Boston Bruins, but when opportunity knocks for a goaltender at the NHL level, you better answer.

Don’t worry Bruins fans; Rask is ready

Rask has spent almost a decade as a professional and even longer as a sure fire goaltending prospect. He suited up for Ilves in Finland’s top division, SM-liiga, and has represented his country seven times in various international tournaments, first digging his skates into the crease with the Under-16 squad.

Rask made the move to North America in 2007-08 and joined the Boston Bruins organization, splitting his time since then between the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League and the big club.

All of this to say: at a very young age and for much of his career, Rask has been groomed for this moment, at age 25, to be a number one goaltender in the NHL.

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