Tuohimaa Back from Concussion

Oilers goalie prospect Frans Tuohimaa played today his first game after suffering a concussion on December 27th.

Tuohimaa made his comeback in the Finnish second tier league Mestis, playing for Kiekko-Vantaa. He stopped 41 shots in an away game against TuTo Hockey and allowed all the goals in a 0–5 loss.

The 20-year-old was sidelined for about three weeks when got bumped in an SM-liiga game just after christmas. He got back to the ice with his team Jokerit earlier this week and served as the backup in an SM-liiga game on Wednesday.

It hasn't been the easiest of seasons for Tuohimaa even before the injury. He began the year as a backup to Eero Kilpeläinen and got only a couple of starts during the first month of the regular season.

Then Kilpeläinen got hurt and Tuohimaa had to start 13 consecutive games. During that stretch his save percentage was only .897, and it became obvious that he wasn't quite ready to be a starter in SM-liiga yet.

On the other hand, Tuohimaa's stats in Mestis are solid, if not spectacular. He has posted a .914 save percentage in nine games behind a team which has lost seven of them. Compared to Olivier Roy's stats in the ECHL, Tuohimaa seems to be just about on the same page with the month older co-prospect.

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