TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Riku Helenius from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. The Lightning also reassigned goaltender Karri Ramo to Norfolk.
Helenius, 6 foot 3 and 206 pounds, has played in one game with the Admirals this season in a relief role and made 10 saves on 11 shots in 20 minutes of play. Currently in his first professional season, he has played in 11 ECHL games with Augusta and Mississippi, posting a 4-5-2 record with a 3.80 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage.
A 20-year-old native of Palkane, Finland, Helenius made his North American debut last season with Seattle of the Western Hockey League. He played in 41 games with the Thundebirds, posting a 22-12-6 record with a 2.42 goals-against average and three shutouts. He was tied for seventh in the WHL for save percentage with .915 and was ninth in goals-against average.
Helenius was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 15th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He was rated as the top Finnish goaltender in the 2006 draft by NHL Central Scouting and was ranked as the top European goaltender by the Hockey News.
Ramo did not appear in a game after being recalled on January 26. He has played in three games with Tampa Bay this season, posting a 1-1-0 record.