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10-07-2004, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Prucha73
2 years prior? I am talking about his draft year and the year before that. And I am not that excited about his Tournament performance because both of his linemates put up exactly the same stats. It would have been more convincing if his linemates put up much fewer points. I think originally Rangers were expecting to take Korpikoski in early 2nd round, but then all the hype started.
The big thing that people saw in those tournaments wasn't just the stats, though. People expected Nokelainen and Tukonen to play well. The biggest surprise, according to what I read, was not just that this Korpikoski kid went out there and played well, but that he was actually the driving force of the line.

I for one am encouraged that he's playing with the TPS senior team. They're not some development team who have to play youngsters, so the fact that he's playing in the SM-Liiga means that he must have impressed the coaches.

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