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06-18-2009, 04:24 PM
Tony Piscotta
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Finns in the NHL draft

Way too much free time on my hands today but took a look at the players drafted from Finland since the first one, Tommi Salmelainen, was selected by the St. Louis Blues in 1969.

Forty years of drafts and some interesting trends. Although, obviously, a lot has changed and in the early years it seems the players being drafted were, for the most part, already established.

But it was interesting to view things on a club-by-club basis in the SM-Liiga.

For my own purposes, I tried to put the player with the club they played juniors in - and not where they were playing in the season they were drafted. For instance, Olli Jokinen is credited to KalPa and Esa Pirnes is considered Karpat. I also did not count import players such as German Titov or Marek Zidlecky who were trained in other countries but were playing in Finland prior to being drafted.

While this is by no means a scientific study, and there were so many other variables which influenced whether a player succeeded, I nonetheless found some of the trends interesting.

The "results" are below on a team-by-team basis.

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