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Pekka Rinne
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Pekka Rinne

Nashville Predators

An unheralded 258th overall draft pick in 2004, the athletic, 6'-5" Rinne rose steadily, if quietly, into the ranks of the NHL's elite netminders. His 2009-10 numbers were solid (32-16-5, 2.53 goals-against average, .911 saves percentage), but his 2010-11 campaign (33-22-9, 2.12. .930) earned him increasing recognition that culminated with the Predators eliminating the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference quarterfinals for Nashville's first-ever playoff series victory.

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