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12-15-2008, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Fierce View Post
Ville Järveläinen(-93 born forward) of HPK tearing up in B-juniors. He has played 12 games and collected 27(11+16) points so far and sits second in the scoring. I've seen him only once this season, but seems to be a very interesting case. Very small(163/63), but he has the rare gift of being in the right place at the right time. It's interesting to see how this kid turns out to be. Excellent tools to be an effective scorer, but his size is huge weakness. I know he is going grow bigger than he is right now, but isn't he smaller than most of kids in his age group?
I saw him play in Jr.C during last season, and all I can say is that it was amusing to watch Järveläinen and his 92born linemate Rautiainen (164cm, 64kg) terrorise their opponent, by causing absolute havoc in the offensive zone. Seems that Järveläinen has since then surpassed Rautiainen in scoring efficiency, but the fact that Rautiainen is with the U17 national team shows that he's also a promising player.

It's a longshot, and I know that Theo Fleury was unique and a freak of nature, but who's to say that a 5'5''-5'6'' tall player with almost similar hockey skills couldn't reapear in the future? At least at the SM-liiga level?

By checking B-SM(final series) stats from past few years, you can see that Järveläinen's points per game average that he has produced so far is unmatched:

05-06 season(Top scoring 90's in Jr.B):
ERKKILÄ Mika (HPK) 19gp 8g+6a=14p (0.74ppg)
TUOMINEN Martin (TPS) 12gp 6g+5a=11p (0.92ppg)
VALVISTO Samuli (Lukko) 22gp 5g+6a=11p (0.50ppg)
ELO Eero (Lukko) 21gp 4g+7a=11p (0.52ppg)
HONKA Juuso (TPS) 10gp 3g+3a=6p (0.60ppg)

06-07 season(Top scoring 91's in Jr.B):
KARJALAINEN Joni (HIFK) 26gp 10g+27a=37p (1.42ppg)
HAULA Erik (Ässät) 24gp 13g+19a=32p (1.33ppg)
RAJALA Toni (Ilves) 21gp 11g+21a=32p (1.52ppg)
NÄTTINEN Joonas (JYP) 21gp 5g+19a=24p (1.14ppg)
LAAKSONEN Jere (Lukko) 21gp 11gp+5a=16p (0.76ppg)

07-08 season(Top scoring 92's in Jr.B):
PULKKINEN Teemu (Jokerit)23gp 23g+17a=40p (1.74ppg)
GRANLUND Mikael (Kärpät) 22gp 18g+22a=40p (1.82ppg)
DONSKOI Joonas (Kärpät) 21gp 9g+14a=23p (1.10ppg)
KOSKI Eetu (Lukko) 24gp 9g+11a=20p (0.83ppg)
HALINEN Petteri (Blues) 24gp 4g+14a=18p (0.75ppg)

08-09 season(Top scoring 93's in JR.B so far):
JÄRVELÄINEN Ville (HPK) 12gp 11g+16=27p (2.25ppg)
WILENIUS Tomi (Ilves) 9gp 8g+4a=12p (1.33ppg)
KOKKONEN Jesper (Ilves) 11gp 3g+7a=10p (0.91ppg)
REKONEN Aleksi (Jokerit) 10gp 2g+5a=7p (0.70ppg)
NIEMITALO Aleksi (Kärpät) 9gp 1g+5a=6p (0.67ppg)

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