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03-06-2009, 08:00 AM
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Triffy
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My first picks will be right winger Lasse Oksanen and centre Vyacheslav Bykov.

Lasse Oksanen might be the most talented Finnish hockey player ever. For 8 straight seasons, from 1965 until 1972, he earned the right wing spot of the all-star team in Finland. A member of the IIHF Hall of Fame, Oksanen played 282 games, scoring 101+58=159 points in the Finnish national team. He was regarded as the best Finnish player of his generation.

Addition: In 1970, Oksanen attended the training camp of Vancouver Canucks. In this video (in Finnish), Oksanen says he was helped by Carl Brewer (who excelled in Finland in 1969) and his agent to get things sorted. Oksanen practised a month in Toronto before the training camp and he said he did pretty well and probably could have stayed had he wanted. The salaries weren't just attractive enough for him.

I don't know if you are familiar with Bykov as a player. You should be. But for some reason, he's still available. After Larionov, Bykov was the best centre of the Soviet's powerhouse team in the 80's. And he wasn't even far behind Larionov.

The season 1980/81 was the first good year for both Bykov and Larionov.

Soviet league

Season Larionov (born 1960) .... Bykov (born 1960)
1980/81 43 22+23=45 .... 48 26+16=42
1982 46 31+22=53 .... 44 20+16=36
1983 44 20+19=39 .... 44 22+22=44
1984 43 15+26=41 .... 44 22+11=33
1985 40 18+28=46 .... 36 21+14=35
1986 40 21+31=52 .... 36 10+10=20
1987 39 20+26=46 .... 40 18+15=33
1988 51 25+32=57 .... 47 17+30=47
1989 31 15+12=27 .... 40 16+20=36
total 377 187+219=406 .... 379 172+154=326

National team stats from the tournaments they both were in

Season Larionov .... Bykov
1983 9 5+7=12 .... 10 3+2=5
1985 10 2+4=6 .... 10 6+3=9
1986 10 7+1=8 .... 10 6+6=12
1987 10 4+8=12 .... 9 2+7=9
1988 (OG) 8 4+9=13 .... 7 2+3=5
1989 8 3+0=3 .... 10 6+6=12
total 55 25+29=54 .... 56 25+31=56

xxxxx - Bykov - Oksanen
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