The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned goaltender Emil Larmi to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Larmi served as the backup to goaltender Matt Murray in last night's 3-2 overtime win in Montreal.
Larmi, 23, is in his first professional season in North America after signing as an undrafted free agent with Pittsburgh on June 2, 2019. In five games with WBS, the Lahti, Finland native has gone 1-2-2. He registered 30 saves for his first AHL win on October 16, 2019 versus Binghamton. Larmi has also appeared in four games for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, where he's gone 3-1-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage. He recorded a 26-save shutout in his ECHL debut on December 20, 2019.
Prior to his time in the Penguins organization, the 6-foot, 185-pound goaltender spent the previous three seasons with HPK of Finland's top professional league (Liiga) as their starting goaltender, compiling a 50-44-29 record (wins-losses-ties), 2.07 goals-against average, .931 save percentage, and 15 shutouts. He finished the 2018-19 campaign with the Liiga's third best goals-against average (1.94) and was tied for the third-most shutouts (4).
Last season, Larmi led HPK to the Liiga championship. He appeared in all 18 playoff games, going 12-6 with a 1.72 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage, and two shutouts, both of which came in the finals.
Tonight, the Penguins conclude their 10th set of back-to-back games with a visit from the Florida Panthers. Puck drop is set for 5:00 PM at PPG Paints Arena as Pittsburgh looks to push it's home point streak to six games (4-0-1).