Nashville Predators Rookie Camp begins on September 10th, so to help you get ready we'll walk our way through the prospects, from youngest to oldest.
Atte Engren, Goalie - #36
Born: February 19, 1988 From: Rauma, Finland
Height: 186 Weight: 6-1 Catches: Left
2010-2011 Team: TPS Turku (Finland)/Milwaukee (AHL)
Stats: 15-13-1, .921 Save %, 2.63 GAA
Drafted: 2007 7th round (204)
Follow after the jump for some background!
This comes from EliteProspects.com:
A very technically skilled goalie with good quickness. Not a completely butterfly style goalie. Could improve his stick skills. Mentally strong and able to play under pressure. Athletic.
Then there's this, from Hockey's Future:
"Engren is a much more athletic goalie, very quick, relies on quickness," Predators goaltending coach Mitch Korn said in the summer of 2009. "Not the biggest guy in the world, but probably the most athletic-playing of the (Nashville prospects)."
Korn described what Engren needs to work on. "It's keeping his game under control. Using that athletic ability when it's needed, and not when it's not needed.
Arbitrary nickname we'll give him even though he'd probably hate it
"Atta Boy" - hopefully he'll hear that often after making a big save.
What's at stake
The goaltending situation after Pekka Rinne is potentially wide open; one can make the argument that Anders Lindback's development might best be served by starting in Milwaukee, rather than getting just 20 games or so with Nashville. Engren made a strong impression late in the year with the Admirals after wrapping up his season in Finland, and has the opportunity to climb the depth chart within the organization this fall.