Nashville, Tenn. (March 21, 2011) –
|With all the goaltending depth in the organization – Nashville selected five goaltenders in the three drafts from 2006 – 2008, all of whom have displayed strong progress – Finnish netminder Atte Engren some times gets lost in the conversation. Only 23 years old, Engren has already built an impressive resume in Europe. He was the Goaltender of the Year in the Finnish Elite League in ’09-10, leading his team to the league title. |
With Mark Dekanich dinged up during last week’s action, Engren will have a chance to bring a more veteran, experienced presence to the Milwaukee net in Dekanich’s absence.
“We’re going to let things play out, but Atte’s ability should allow him to get a chance down the stretch here for Milwaukee,” Preds Assistant GM Paul Fenton said. “After winning the championship last year, it took him probably about half way through the season until he got his game back together, but since the midpoint of the season he’s played very well. He signed with us this summer, so that gave us the flexibility to bring him over after his season was done in Finland. His size and athleticism led to the thought that we should bring him over and give him a prelude potentially for next season, if he does decide to play in North America next season.”
As a seventh round pick in the ’07 Draft, Engren is looking to follow the path paved by Pekka Rinne – an eighth round pick in 2004 out of Finland – and Anders Lindback – a seventh round pick in 2008 out of Sweden – from late round pick to the NHL.
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned goaltender Atte Engren
(AH-tay EHN-grehn) to Milwaukee (AHL).
Engren, 23 (2/19/88), will be making his North American debut with the Admirals after spending his entire career up to this point in his native Finland. Nashville's ninth choice, 204th overall (seventh round), in the 2007 Entry Draft has manned the net for TPS Turku of the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liiga) the past two seasons. As a rookie in 2009-10, he received the 2010 Urpo Ylonen Trophy as the League’s best goaltender after leading Turku to a Finnish Elite League title. In 2010-11, the 6-1, 186-pounder tied for fifth among netminders in games played (51), posting a 2.82 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. The Rauma, Finland native signed a two-year contract with Nashville on May 25, 2010.
Coming off last night's 4-3 overtime victory over the Buffalo Sabres, led by rookie and Brentwood-native Blake Geoffrion's first NHL hat trick, the Predators return to action tomorrow night for a Western Conference matchup against the Edmonton Oilers (7 p.m., FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz). Tuesday's game is a Daily's Super Tuesday, highlighted by two upper-level tickets for $42 or two lower-level tickets for $92, special concession stands where all items are just $2 and a reduced $2 ticket service fee. In addition, Daily's is offering a $5 coupon good towards gas or merchandise to fans who purchase Super Tuesday tickets. Tickets to this and all remaining home games are still available and may be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, by calling (615) 770-7800 or online at nashvillepredators.com.