Season Preview: Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs a few seasons ago for goalie Andrew Raycroft.  Rask is one of the top goaltending prospects of the future, and seems poised to take over the starting duties one day when current goalie Tim Thomas’ contract expires.

Rask has seem limited action in his past two seasons, starting only 4 games.  His only game last season though was a 1-0 shutout win.  

Rask has the mental edge it takes to be a goalie, as witnessed in last years shootout freakout down in Providence.  That’s the type of attitude the Bruins want to see from their goalie.

At 22, Rask is an extremely young goalie, and the Bruins have learned from their past mistakes (Andrew Raycroft, Hannu Toivonen) not to rush these guys.  Thomas will likely get between 60-65 games as always, so Rask could get anywhere between 15 and 20 games.  This will allow Rask to develop while not being stuck in Providence.  If Rask can’t handle the load, newly signed Dany Sabourin is available in Providence.  

The Bruins aren’t expecting a lot from Rask, but to be able to provide Thomas with days off and to keep them in games.  If he can play like Manny Fernandez did the first half of last season, the Bruins will be more than happy.

Projection:  10-6-2, 2.36 GAA, .909 SV %

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