ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen under emergency conditions from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also announced it has placed forward Kevin Fiala on Injured Reserve with a lower-body injury.
Kahkonen, 23, is 4-0-0 with a 2.95 goals-against average (GAA) and a .886 save percentage (SV%) in four games with Iowa this season and ranks T-1st in the AHL in wins. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, is 21-14-8 with a 2.80 GAA, a .906 SV% and six shutouts in 43 career AHL contests with Iowa. He led the AHL with six shutouts last season.
Kahkonen went 20-23-12 with a 2.20 GAA, a .915 SV% and six shutouts in 56 games for Lukko Rauma in the Finnish Elite League in 2017-18. He led league goalies in games played, minutes (3,275) and shutouts, ranked T-3rd in wins, fourth in SV% and fifth in GAA. Kahkonen won a gold medal playing for Finland at the 2016 World Junior Championship, going 4-0-0 with a 2.52 GAA and a .909 SV% in four games. He also represented Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, serving as the third goalie.
Minnesota selected Kahkonen in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He has not appeared in an NHL game and will wear sweater No. 31 with the Wild.
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