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Tommy Salo
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Tommy Salo: 62 (1997-98)  

Drafted in the 5th round (118th overall) in the 5th round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Tommy Salo gained global recognition when he led Sweden to a goal medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, defeating Canada in a shootout, stopping Paul Kariya for the win. Salo made his NHL debut for the Islanders a year later and became the starter for the 1997-97 team, playing in 58 games and posting a respectable 2.82 GAA for a team that finished 29-41-12.

A year later, after a memorable arbitration hearing with GM Mike Milbury, Salo appeared in 62 games and improved his GAA, lowering it to 2.64.  For whatever reason, despite solid numbers for a team outside of the playoffs, Milbury was not a fan. He would trade for Felix Potvin during the next season and would send Salo to Edmonton for Mats Lingren and an 8th-round draft pick in 1999 (Radek Martinek). Salo would go on to make the most of his opportunity with the Oilers, becoming a two-time All-Star and finishing in the Top 10 of Vezina voting three times.  

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