Denver goaltender Juho Olkinuora has signed a free-agent contract with the Winnipeg Jets, giving up his final two years of college eligibility, according to TSN.
This leaves Denver’s goaltending situation in a bad spot.
Senior-to-be Sam Brittain is the only guy on the roster for next season at the moment and they have no goaltender recruits currently committed. They are going to need to hope that Brittain stays healthy or that they strike gold by finding another Olkinuora late in the summer before the season starts.
Olkinuora was a late pickup before his rookie season because of an injury to Brittain, and it ended up being an outstanding move. Olkinuora was the all-rookie team goalie as a freshman and all-WCHA as a sophomore.
Olkinuora is the second DU player to sign early this offseason, joining defenseman Scott Mayfield. Others could leave, as well, after the firing of coach George Gwozdecky.
NCHC EARLY SIGNINGS
Scott Mayfield, so, D, New York Islanders
Juho Olkinuora, so, G, Winnipeg Jets
Minnesota Duluth (1)
Chris Casto, so, D, Boston Bruins
Nebraska Omaha (1)
Andrej Sustr, jr, D, Tampa Bay Lightning
North Dakota (1)
Derek Forbort, jr, D, Los Angeles Kings
Western Michigan (1)
Danny DeKeyser, jr, D, Detroit Red Wings
BIG TEN EARLY SIGNINGS
Jacob Trouba, fr, D, Winnipeg Jets
Jon Merrill, jr, D, New Jersey Devils
Nate Schmidt, jr, D, Washington Capitals
Zach Budish, jr, F, Nashville Predators
Nick Bjugstad, jr, F, Florida Panthers
Mark Alt, jr, D, Philadelphia Flyers
Ohio State (1)
Chris Crane, jr, F, San Jose Sharks