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Player Profile: Joni Ortio - Thrown Into The Fire

Called up and thrown into the fire...Ortio came out alright!

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Joni Ortio
6'-1" 190lbs.
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Born April 16th, 1991 in Turku, Finland
Drafted 171st Overall in the 6th Round by the Flames in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft

(Stats from the Flames website)

In his last 5 games Ortio posted 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 overtime loss and a shutout against the Edmonton Oilers. Joni had a goals against average of 2.60 and a save percentage of 0.903% over that stretch.

This season Ortio played in 22 games and earned 7 wins, 9 losses and 5 overtime losses with a goals against average of 2.76 and a save percentage of 0.902%.

Ortio becomes a Restricted Free Agent this off-season and we all know the Flames had a rough year between the pipes as discussed by Aaron Vickers in an article on the Flames website.

"When you look at goaltending, it's easy to blame if you're not winning...We all need to be better." - Ortio

The other three goaltenders, (Ramo, Hiller and Backstrom) become unrestricted free agents. It has already been revealed that it's likely Hiller and Backstrom will not return, but we still don't have any information about Ramo.

Since 2007, Ortio has played for various teams in Finland and played three seasons for the Abbotsford Heat. Joni played the 2014-15 season for the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League and posted an impressive 21 wins, 13 losses and 1 overtime loss in 37 games.

Ortio was called up in February when starter Karri Ramo went down with an injury in the game against the San Jose Sharks on February 11th. In my opinion from what we have seen, I would not be surprised to see Ortio back between the pipes for the Flames next season.