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04-15-2011, 01:46 PM
Join Date: Mar 2010
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Playing a full season in Finland could really help prepare for the grind of an 82-game season. It's taken him the past two regular seasons to total that many games played. I'd like to see him stay with HIFK, increase his offensive output, and stay healthy doing it. That could do wonders in having him ready when he comes over. And like you mention, it keeps that UFA clock stopped too.
I think it's important to get him over here and see how he looks in camp and then go from there. I'd like to see him the AHL though so he could start to prepare for the grinds of an NHL season and getting acclimated to the US.
However, there is a really valid point in him going back to Finland and dominating the FEL and playing a whole year as you said. I think the key is getting him over here for rookie camp and see how he looks in training camp. I'd like to see him in the AHL though.
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