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AtlantaWhaler 06-23-2012 11:31 AM

#118 Mikko Vainonen - D
 
Out of Finland. HUGE. 6'2" 222Lbs.

I Will Son 06-23-2012 11:32 AM

Yesss

BigFatCat999 06-23-2012 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by AtlantaWhaler (Post 51377443)
Out of Finland. HUGE. 6'2" 222Lbs.

Let's see, big, nordic. Are you sure he's not a goalie?

Top 6 Spaling 06-23-2012 11:33 AM

Excellent. We needed some big defenseman to compliment Ellis and Blum. (assuming he's actually good enough to make the NHL)

vsk92 06-23-2012 11:34 AM

Nice pick

I think he plays in the SM liiga this year for IFK :D

IFK 06-23-2012 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by vsk92 (Post 51378043)
Nice pick

I think he plays in the SM liiga this year for IFK :D

Yes he will. Also he is some puck skills, but he is more shut down d-man and had a mean streak and he is a natural leader. He are so good in own end and give good first passes. For me, he is like a new Jere Karalahti, he is so similar, but don't have a drinking/drug problems like Karalahti. He was also captain in U18 championship Finnish team and won gold in HIFK junior A this year. I think he is absolutely steal. I think he go latest 3 round, but could go early second too. You get great prospect! :handclap:

maplepred 06-23-2012 12:07 PM

Very excited about this guy! Was rated to go early second round.

Top 6 Spaling 06-23-2012 12:08 PM

Preds are money in the 4th round. Can't wait to see how good this guy is.

braindead 06-23-2012 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by IFK (Post 51381323)
For me, he is like a new Jere Karalahti, he is so similar, but don't have a drinking/drug problems like Karalahti.

Karalahti was a beast. I loved that guy. That is exactly the prospect we need for our D. I'm pumped over this pick.

Legionnaire11 06-23-2012 11:03 PM

This draft reminds me a lot of 2004 (minus Radulov of course)... I was so excited by Meidl, Fugere, Niskala, Balan, Kulyash, later on Santorelli... much later on Pekka Rinne...

Now, Rinne is a beast for sure, but in the 8th round that's just a darn lucky pick. The rest of the draft ended up producing nothing. Hope I'm wrong and 2 or 3 of these guys make it, i'm just not excited yet.

Roman Yoshi 06-24-2012 10:22 AM

This guy is very exciting. A good addition.

Seth Lake 06-27-2012 12:25 AM

Hearing that along with '11 draftee Simon Karlsson, that Vainonen is expected to be drafted in the CHL draft tomorrow and will come over to play junior hockey next season.

Woodhouse 06-27-2012 09:23 AM

Vainonen goes sixth overall in the CHL Import Draft to Kingston of the OHL:
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Sean Lafortune ‏@SeanLafortune
Mikko Vainonen goes to Kingston. Figured yesterday that could be the guy. Said at the NHL Combine he wanted to come over to the CHL

Link: https://twitter.com/SeanLafortune/st...70868012322817

kypredsfan 06-27-2012 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Woodhouse (Post 51594399)
Vainonen goes sixth overall in the CHL Import Draft to Kingston of the OHL:

That's very good for him. Hopefully he'll pan out.

FrontenacSens 06-27-2012 02:42 PM

Vainonen will have a great opportunity to play a lot in Kingston. He'll most likely be on the first pairing and he will play 25-30 minutes a game. Plus Kingston's coach is Todd Gill who played over 1000 games in the NHL.

jusu11 06-28-2012 02:10 AM

Hopefully OHL is the right place to him and he could really pick up some minutes. If evrything goes well this guy is really knocking NHL doors in the future!


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