Florida Panthers goaltender Harri Sateri was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week on Monday.
Sateri put together three straight solid games over the past week and Florida came away victorious each time. With Roberto Luongo and James Reimer continuing to miss time, Sateri has made the most of his opportunities. Sateri is now 3-3-0 in his first NHL season.
Sateri had success in the Kontinental Hockey League over the past few seasons, but was a relative unknown when the Panthers signed him over the off-season. The signing was strictly for depth purposes and it has paid off thus far for the Panthers. Sateri's contract is for only one year, but his solid play could keep him stateside longer.
In the 2017-18 season, Sateri has compiled a save percentage of .908 and a 3.19 goals against average. These numbers are not All-Star caliber, but Sateri has likely been more productive than Florida originally anticipated. Both stats were improved over this past week in the three wins. Sateri had a .946 save percentage to go along with a 1.67 GAA over the three games.
Luongo and Reimer are both nearing returns and could be just days away from Florida's bench. Currently Samuel Montembeault serves as a backup to Sateri, but he has not seen the ice as of yet. Should Sateri struggle, Montembeault could get a chance to make his NHL debut before heading back to the AHL.
The Panthers are off on Monday, but will host the Vancover Canucks on Tuesday. Sateri should be back in the net for this game, with the Panthers looking for a fourth consecutive victory.