Sure, Juuso Riikola said Monday, he’s ready to slot in to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup as soon as Thursday when they host the Vegas Golden Knights. It would be the 24-year-old defenseman’s NHL debut after he signed as a free agent over the summer.
“I feel good,” Riikola said. “I haven’t played a game yet, so I’ll be ready.”
But he is not counting on dressing for the Penguins’ third game of the season after being a healthy scratch the first two. He doesn’t want to come across as giddy.
“I’m being patient,” Riikola said.