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Juuse Saros gets electric new mask for upcoming season

Juuse Saros gets electric new mask for upcoming season

Juuse Saros is the heir apparent in Music City.

The 22-year-old goaltender put up an impressive .923 save percentage through 21 games for Nashville last season, surpassing even Pekka Rinne’s numbers and establishing himself as the clear backup for this coming year.

Now, with an exciting new role as Rinne’s permanent number two under his belt, he’s ready to debut an electric new mask.

Saros, like both Rinne and fellow Nashville goaltender Anders Lindback, worked on his new design with renowned mask artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt – who took an excited request from Saros and turned the concept into reality.

“Juuse Saros knew what he wanted on his new bucket???…” Gunnarsson wrote on Instagram. “He wanted a mask loaded with action, details and blue electrical lightnings…”

The DaveArt mastermind quickly got to work, coming up with a concept that’s based on bright colors and sharp contrasts to make Saros’ vision starkly visible for even the farthest fans in the top deck. It has Predators logos adorning both the sides and the top, with clean contrasts and an almost wood-inspired feel to the background paint to really make both the lightning and Saros’ long-standing Finnish lion friend pop.

It has the feel of an old southern saloon mixed with the more modern, cartoonish aura of the lion who peeks over the Nashville symbol on the side, taking a more classic look and giving it some electric, young details for the team’s newest mainstay.

Saros will look to help shoulder some of the load for Rinne this year, proving himself as Nashville enters the final two years of their deal with the current number one. For Saros, it will also be a contract year for himself; so while the playoffs will be a key factor in his performance, there’s plenty at stake from a financial aspect as well.

For more excellent work from Gunnarsson, check out his his websiteTwitter feed, and Instagram account.

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Cat Silverman

Catherine is the first American in a long line of Canadians, making her the black sheep before she even decided she wasn't going to be a Leafs fan. Writer for Today's Slapshot, InGoal Magazine, and Coyotes.NHL.com, coach in the Arizona Coyotes Department of Hockey Development. Goalies are not voodoo.

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