|Written by Jason Banks|
March 2013 - Ramo continues to dominate the KHL. His contract expires April 30 and the buzz is really ramping up that the Flames will work hard to bring him back to the NHL. Makes for a great dark horse with potentially an instant impact. - Dobber
January 2013 – Ramo was a high ceiling goalie prospect for the NHL on the cusp three years ago that everyone knew about and still remains very close. He is a rather large and fully grown goaltender now with great athleticism and solid positioning. The past four years he has been an absolute rock for Avangard Omsk of the KHL, in 202 games (regular season & playoffs) he has posted a 114-62-20 record with a 1.99 goals against average, .923 save percentage while posting 21 shutouts. He has currently just been named the KHL goalie of the month. In interviews with Calgary GM Jay Feaster discussed late last season on CBC that intentions were for Ramo to finish his KHL commitments and then be signed and return to NHL with the Flames. It would be expected that Ramo would serve as a backup to fellow Finnish tender Mikka Kiprusoff (then 37 years old) and then likely take the reins as starter if all goes well once Kipper becomes an unrestricted free agent. Between now and end of the year would be an excellent time for a manager struggling in net to acquire and stash Ramo on their roster.
Fantasy Outlook: B+
He struggled in his first few attempts in North America as a 20-23 year old, but is now more mature and has more experience with high quality shooters. Should become an above average starter with upside and longevity.
Footage: Rather amusing video of Karri making a rather routine save then pulling the puck out of the air into his net trying to control the rebound.
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|Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2013 14:01|