ST. PAUL – Minnesota Wild goalie prospect Kaapo Kahkonen has been awarded the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award, given to the AHL’s most outstanding goalie of the year.
Kahkonen was nothing short of sensational in the AHL in 2019-20. In 34 games for the Iowa Wild, he recorded a 2.07 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. Not only did he lead all AHL goaltenders in wins with 25, but he also led the pack with seven shutouts on the season.
Though Kahkonen spent most of his time in Iowa, he did have some success in the NHL as well. He appeared in five games for the Minnesota Wild in 2019-20, earning a 3-1-1 record and posting a 2.96 goals against average and .913 save percentage.
His best performance with the big club came on December 3 against the Florida Panthers when he set a franchise record for saves in a game by a rookie netminder with 44.