DU’s Olkinuora signs with Jets

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

Denver (2)
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

Michigan (2)
Jacob Trouba, fr, D, Winnipeg Jets
Jon Merrill, jr, D, New Jersey Devils

Minnesota (4)
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

13 thoughts on “DU’s Olkinuora signs with Jets

  1. I don’t know, it seems like college hockey (at least the WCHA/NCHC) is losing too much talent to the NHL and Jr Hockey. Doesn’t appear teams are replacing players with as much talent as they used to 6-9 years ago. How on earth can DU have only 1 goalie…..doesn’t make sense? I’m very worried we are going to see mediocre conferences under this new arrangement. I have never seen such an abysmal home schedule as we have next year. Breaking up the WCHA could easily bring college hockey down a notch. I hope I’m wrong about all of this…..but things do not look too good at this point in time.

    • I agree with you, because if you look at the NHL draft, most upper tier players are frok major juniors. However, we just saw one of the tightest WCHA races down the stretch with all 3 conferences being represented

    • I agree with you, because if you look at the NHL draft, most upper tier players are from major juniors. However, we just saw one of the tightest WCHA races down the stretch with all 3 conferences being represented. Also, the conference tournament (and NCAA’s, too) featured many upsets and a new championship. Parity among the teams will create good hockey. DU only having one goalie isn’t indicative of the state of college hockey. I would venture to say that no school ever really expects to lose a goalie early.

  2. There are tons of good goaltenders developing in the USHL and even the NAHL right now If Sam can step up (which my guess is he will) than Du will be ok. They will however get beat down by the.:: what for it. Sioux

  3. Rumor is Gage Ausmus has decided to not attend Denver University anymore now that George is out, have you heard this yet Brad?

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