Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 12/25-12/31

This one was pretty easy...

G Karri Ramo, Springfield (AHL)

For the third time this season, Karri Ramo is the Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week, making him the first prospect to secure the award three times. The netminder was 2-0-0 this week shining in wins over Hartford on Wednesday, 12/27 and Portland on Friday, 12/29. In both games he was named first star stopping 43 of 44 shots faced in the 3-1 victory against Hartford before stopping 37 of 38 shots faced in an improbable 2-1 come from behind victory over the Pirates in which the Falcons were outshot 38-16. After starting the month of December with 4 consecutive losses after his brief NHL callup, Ramo is now riding a 3 game winning streak and has the Falcons tied for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. If Ramo continues to play well, the Lightning may have no choice but to give him a chance in Tampa as Lightning netminders Marc Denis and Johan Holmqvist continue to struggle with inconsistency.

Ramo's Statistics 12/25-12/31:
2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .976 sv%

Previous Prospects of the Week
12/18-12/24, LW Eric Healey, Springfield (AHL)
12/11-12/17, RW/C Chris Lawrence, Mississauga (OHL)
12/4-12/10, D Dane Crowley, Swift Current (WHL)
11/27-12/3, G Jonathan Boutin, Springfield (AHL)/G Gerald Coleman, Johnstown (ECHL)/Springfield(AHL)
11/20-11/26, G Karri Ramo, Springfield (AHL)
11/13-11/19, G Karri Ramo, Springfield (AHL)
11/6-11/12, RW Stanislav Lascek, Johnstown (ECHL)
10/30-11/5, LW Justin Keller, Springfield (AHL)
10/23-10/29, C Blair Jones, Springfield (AHL)
10/16-10/22, LW Norm Milley, Springfield (AHL)
10/9-10/15, RW Stanislav Lascek, Johnstown (ECHL)
10/2-10/8, C Dimitri Kazionov, Kazan (RUS)

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I hope he can

If this kid can translate his game to the next level, he will be the absolute definition of a steal.

Also, in terms of potential, or even as of right now, is he as good as/better than/not as good as Rask? Whenever I see a discussion of Fin goaltenders, I always see Rask mentioned, but never Ramo. It seems they're both going to be good, but who has the edge?

Apples to Oranges

Ramo plays a style which is much more in the vein of the French Canadian goaltenders in the league. He plays the butterfly and relies on positioning to make saves. Rask's game is, I would say, a bit more unorthodox and he relies on his immense athleticism. So, would you rather have Brodeur or Hasek? I think they're both going to be very good players in this league.

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