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SJHN Daily: Quinn Says Kahkonen Needs to Improve ‘Confidence’

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Kaapo Kahkonen is still looking for his first start in Minnesota since being traded to the San Jose Sharks last season.

The Sharks did visit the Wild one time after San Jose acquired him from Minnesota last season, but Kahkonen did not play.  Last year, James Reimer got the starting nod, and that’s also the case tonight.

In six games this season, the the 26-year-old heir apparent has struggled with a 1-4-1 record, to go along with a .878 Save % and 3.70 GAA. In comparison, the veteran Reimer is 3-5-2 with a .906 Save %.

“I think with goaltending, it’s confidence more than anything else,” Sharks head coach David Quinn said this morning about Kahkonen. “He hasn’t played bad, but there’s certainly another level for him to get to.”

Quinn also said that goaltending coach Thomas Speer has been working with Kahkonen in the crease.

“I’m fully confident [Kahkonen] will do that in a hurry,” Quinn mentioned.

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