Lankinen was named to Team Finland's preliminary roster for the IIHF World Championship on Wednesday.
Lankinen likely won't start any games for Finland and may not even make the final roster, but the fact that he was named to the team at all is an encouraging development for his future. Collin Delia will likely join the Blackhawks full time in 2019-20 as Corey Crawford's backup, giving Lankinen a clear path to take over as AHL Rockford's starter.
The Blackhawks reassigned Lankinen to AHL Rockford on Sunday.
Lankinen was recalled to serve as Cam Ward's backup while Corey Crawford nursed a groin injury. The 23-year-old netminder will likely serve as Collin Delia's backup as AHL Rockford makes a push for the playoffs.
Lankinen was recalled from AHL Rockford on Saturday.
With Corey Crawford (groin) riding the pine in Chicago's season finale, Lankinen will serve as the backup behind Cam Ward. The Finn holds a 7-7-4 record while posting a 2.47 GAA and .911 save percentage in the minors this season.
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