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03-12-2004, 11:35 AM
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Sami Lepisto?

Anyone know anything about Sami Lepisto? nhl.com/futures calls him "the heart and soul of Finland's defense at the World Junior and played a key role in a bronze-medal performance. He was named the tournament's top defenseman and joined Canada's Dion Phaneuf on the All-Star team. Lepisto plays for Jokerit of Finland's top league. He is solid in all aspects of the game."

HF says "The best defenseman in the tournament (WJC). Lepistö has taken enormous steps in his development since last season and was the team's most valuable player together with Toivonen and Filppula. Great opening passes and quarterbacking, excellent if not that explosive skating and a top quality one-timer presented a threat to the opposing team not that much short of Joni Pitkänen's abilities. The 6'0" defenseman laid hits in his own end and kept mistakes to a minimum."

I woudln't mind us drafting a new stud defens(c)emen, and I think the Fin's play with a lot of grit, energy, and certain meaness that the Swede's don't always seem to have. Gross generalization, but...

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