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.
Juuse Saros knew what he wanted on his new bucket👊🏻😼… He wanted a mask loaded with action, details and blue electrical lightnings💪🏻… I started to brainstorm and presented a design idea for Juuse. I immediately got green light to start to paint🚦🎨. On a distance it is a design built on strong contrasts and the awesome Preds logos😼… When you come closer you will enter a new dimension of details🔍, as the Storyteller mask it is📕… And just as usual Juuse’s Finnish lion buddy pop up on the mask🦁🇫🇮. @juuuseee @predsnhl #DaveArt #nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity @nhl #DaveArtTheMaskNerd 🤓
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.