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Wiikman assigned to Charlotte

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that goaltender Miika Wiikman has been assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL.

Miika Wiikman
Wiikman, 25, returns to Charlotte where he has posted a record of 9-2-1-2, along with a 2.77 goals against average, a .909 save percentage and one shutout in 16 games this season.

He leads the Checkers in goals against average, is tied for first on the team in save percentage and shutouts, and ranks second in wins.  Wiikman recorded his first career ECHL shutout, stopping all 36 shots faced in a 7-0 win vs. South Carolina on November 18. 

He also posted an ECHL career-high four-game winning streak from December 20 vs. South Carolina to January 6 vs. South Carolina.  Wiikman has also appeared in seven games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, posting a 2-4-0 record with a 4.20 goals against average and an .869 save percentage.

He posted back-to-back wins on October 24 vs. Lowell (5-2) and October 25 vs. Worcester (4-3), registering a 2.50 goals against average and stopping 66-of-71 shots for a .930 save percentage over the span.

The Mariestad, Sweden native was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on April 24, 2008.
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