[FIN] How many finns will be playing in the NHL next year?

f1nn
07-04-2004, 01:50 AM
How many finns will be playing in the NHL next year? guestimate

Robertsson 4-ever
07-04-2004, 10:13 AM
How many finns will be playing in the NHL next year? guestimate

I'll do a quick count, but as all signings from Europe aren't done yet, we don't know for sure. Some players might also leave NHL late in the offseason. If I'm wrong somewhere, please tell!

Goalies: 10
(Lehtonen, Nurminen, Kiprusoff, Toskala, Markkanen, Toivonen, Ahonen, Noronen, Hurme, Nittymäki)

Defensemen: 13
(Numminen, Väänänen, Lydman, Niniimaa, Timonen, Salo, Berg, Pitkänen, Kukkonen, Levokari, Kesä, Pettinen, Ahlen)

Forwards: 21
(Selänne, Koivu, Lehtinen, Jokinen, Ruutu, S Kapanen, N Kapanen, Hagman, Laaksonen, Nieminen, Hahl, Ruutu, Pirnes, Miettinen, Pikkarainen, Rita, Salmelainen, Pihlman, Pirjetä, Bergenheim, Somervuori)

Total: 44
We can probablu expect around 40-50 finns in the league next season. Players like Pirjetä, Bergenheim and Somervuori might go back to Finland while some players will arrive. Teemu Kesä, d, is the only new finn so far.


Left NA: Luoma, Koivisto, Laukkanen, Jokelä, Viitanen, Santala

Predatore
07-04-2004, 10:56 AM
I think you forgot Mikko Koivu, if I am not wrong he will play in North America lock-out or not..

Pekka Lampinen
07-04-2004, 11:13 AM
How do you figure Mikko Viitanen is leaving the Bears? Have I missed something? However, Tomi Pettinen has signed with Lukko.

I'd guess that 8 goalies + 9 defensemen + 19 forwards = 36 players will dress and play at least once, excluding European-based players who have yet to sign.

f1nn
07-04-2004, 04:17 PM
I think you forgot Mikko Koivu, if I am not wrong he will play in North America lock-out or not..


That is what i heard too

Slime
07-04-2004, 06:00 PM
I'd guess that 8 goalies + 9 defensemen + 19 forwards = 36 players will dress and play at least once, excluding European-based players who have yet to sign.

A bit too low. Make it 39 (+Mikko Koivu +3-4 euros and the total will land at 43-44 who will play at least one game).

Korkki
07-05-2004, 04:58 AM
How do you figure Mikko Viitanen is leaving the Bears? Have I missed something? However, Tomi Pettinen has signed with Lukko.

Pettinen has a NHL release clause in his contract and is currently considering an offer from the Isles.

Robertsson 4-ever
07-05-2004, 02:12 PM
How do you figure Mikko Viitanen is leaving the Bears?

I thought I read it somewhere, but I might be wrong. Forget it.

barrytrotzsneck
07-07-2004, 09:50 PM
for as much as Janne Niskala is impressing everyone in nashville, he could be a darkhorse pick to fill the vacant spot on nashville's blue line. to quote my friend who saw him yesterday and today, "he turned some heads with some of his moves" :yo:

f1nn
07-07-2004, 09:54 PM
:eek: ten goalies, when happened ??? they had problem with goaltenders a couple years ago....

I believe in 5 years FInnish goalies will rule the NHL, alongside french canadians

barrytrotzsneck
07-07-2004, 09:57 PM
I believe in 5 years FInnish goalies will rule the NHL, alongside french canadians


lead by young teemu lassila ;)