Tomek Valtonen

Hossa
11-16-2003, 09:08 PM
Hey,

Tomek Valtonen has had a break-out year this year, but he's slowed recently. Was his early offensive production just a fluke, or is this guy actually a guy worth keeping an eye on? Is there any chance he comes over to play for Detroit either?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

miklu
11-16-2003, 09:18 PM
Tomek Valtonen started playing in the first line with Marko Jantunen and Glen Metropolit. A couple of weeks ago after Jokerit acquired Todd Warriner and Kevin Hodson, Warriner took his place in the first line and Tomek was dropped into the second line where he now plays with Pakaslahti and Vertala. Jokerit has had obvious scoring problems lately, but their their defense has been pretty good anyway.

Jussi
11-17-2003, 10:38 AM
Today Tomek played again with Metropolit and Jantunen. The result: 2 assists, though the second one came on a mixed line (Filppula's goal).

Hossa
11-17-2003, 11:06 AM
Good to hear he's getting good ice-time again. Do you see him maybe coming over in a season or two? Is he good enough to make the NHL?

Padawan
11-17-2003, 11:36 AM
Do you see him maybe coming over in a season or two? Is he good enough to make the NHL?

I think he is good enough to be 4th or maybe even 3rd liner but that's about it. He has the size and toughness needed to be a 3rd liner.

eh
11-18-2003, 02:51 PM
Skillswise, he has developed a lot, but I'm no longer sure about the toughness thing. He was tough, but nowadays he doesn't hit, doesn't fight, doesn't really do anything to show that he's still got "the edge". Ok, he doesn't mind taking the hits in the front of the net and definately doesn't shy out from physical play, but I do miss his hitting.

Another good game for Tomek and the reunited Tomek-Metro-Jarna -line today: two goals for the line (Jantunen) and an assist for Tomek.

md17
11-18-2003, 11:13 PM
Skillswise, he has developed a lot, but I'm no longer sure about the toughness thing. He was tough, but nowadays he doesn't hit, doesn't fight, doesn't really do anything to show that he's still got "the edge". Ok, he doesn't mind taking the hits in the front of the net and definately doesn't shy out from physical play, but I do miss his hitting.


That's my impression too. The fact is, Tomek would have to combine the old Tomek with the new one if he's dreaming of NHL career. He doesn't have good enough skills nor hockey sense to play in any other role than as an agitator IMO. He won't be a checking machine, a powerforward nor a defensive specialist. He needs to go Jarkko Ruutu on us.
We must remember, though, that he's playing for Jortikka. That means he's playing the style Jortikka wants him to play, or he's not playing at all. In any case, he's shown much more talent than I ever expected of him.