Pittsburgh has sent another one of their prospects overseas to get some playing time in Finland as Hameenlinnan Pallokerho (HPK) of the SM-liiga announced that they’ve added Penguins goaltender Emil Larmi on a loan agreement. The agreement is for up until NHL training camps begin but does contain an option to be extended for the entire season.
The 24-year-old is in the second and final year of his entry-level contract that was signed back in June of 2019. Larmi split last season between AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (nine games) and ECHL Wheeling (eleven games) and the results weren’t particularly strong at either level as he posted a 3.55 GAA with both teams.
A return to the Finnish league could be exactly what Larmi needs as his 2018-19 campaign with HPK was a very strong one as he had a 1.94 GAA in 36 regular playoff games and was even stingier in 18 postseason contests, posting a 1.72 mark to help win a league title. As things stand, the Penguins have a couple of goalies that will be minor league bound in veteran Maxime Lagace and Alex D’Orio. If they decide that D’Orio is better suited to be the backup in the AHL, it’s possible that the loan could be extended. If not, Larmi will have some work to do to secure a qualifying offer next offseason.