The Minnesota Wild announced on Tuesday morning that goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen had been recalled from the Iowa Wild of the AHL under emergency conditions.
Although the reason for this was originally unknown, it is now known that Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk will be away for a few days as he tends to an ongoing personal family health issue, which previously caused him to miss most of November.
Kahkonen, 23, has played in 17 games with the Iowa Wild this season, going 13-3-1 with a 2.56 GAA and a .906 SV%.
This is the second time this season that Kahkonen has been recalled by Minnesota, as he was recalled in November and played 5 games in the NHL, going 3-1-1 with a 2.96 GAA and a .913 SV%.
While we don’t know how long Kahkonen will be needed on the NHL roster, it wouldn’t be a shock if Kahkonen got a start in one of the next few games, considering how he played in his first NHL stint along with the recent struggles of Alex Stalock, who allowed 4 goals on 37 shots in Sunday’s shootout loss to the Calgary Flames.