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03-02-2005, 05:24 PM
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We all totally forgot about this part.
SUPER SLEEPER: Tuukka Mantyla. This smallish, 20-year-old Finnish defenceman is one of my personal favourites. His size (or lack thereof at 5-9, 180) has gotten him completely passed over in his first two draft years, and it will prevent him from being drafted high this year, but someone is going to get a real bargain in the later rounds with this kid.
He is absolutely the best power play point man in this entire draft class with an uncanny ability to make the correct decision in puck distribution every time. His anticipation and hockey sense are phenomenal, and he uses great vision and creativity to make fabulous long, lead home run passes through the neutral zone, constantly beating the neutral zone trap and excelling in the transition game by turning defence to offence in a heartbeat. Also has a lot of grit and heart despite lack of size, and has been the captain and leader of a very strong Finnish World Junior Team the past two years.
I think he is one of our most underrated prospects.
He shows up for prospects camp every year. He is a really little guy.