Saku Maenalanen Gets One More "Last Chance" at NHL with PTO

It looks like Saku Maenalanen is going to get one more "last chance." The big Finnish winger came back from overseas in 2022 after a three-year hiatus from North America. 

At that time, one year ago, after signing a one-year, two-way deal with the Winnipeg Jets, Maenalanen said, “I wanted to play in the NHL. This is my last chance. I’m 28 years old. That’s why I’m here. I’m a much better player. That’s why I went back to Europe to play games, and now I’m ready."

But in 64 games with the Jets, mostly on the 4th line, he recorded just 10 points, and played only 10 minutes per night. Did he make good on his "last chance"?

It seems that Maenalanen, now, 29, will have one more last chance, as the Colorado Avalanche have signed him to a PTO for this month's training camp. 

Maenalanen played his first year in the NHL in 2018-19 at the age of 24 with the Carolina Hurricanes, managing only 8 points in 34 games, and spending the rest of his time with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, where he put up 14 points in 31 games. 

Iin 2021-22 with Karpat in the Finnish Elite League (Liiga), he finally put up the kind of numbers to catch an NHL team's attention, with 13 goals and 41 points in 47 games. But even after struggling last year with the Jets, hasn't given up on his North American dream just yet. 

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