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10-03-2011, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by LoveHateLeafs View Post
Henri Ikonen (F-94-Eligible in 2012). Does anyone know why he seems to be playing in junior B instead of junior A?
Jr.B qualifications are underway and since only 12 teams qualify this season the competition is even fiercer than usual. Therefore many organizations are fielding their best roster for some of the games. Ikonen isnít the only player whoíll be promoted to Jr.A once the qualifications are over.

Originally Posted by LoveHateLeafs View Post
Artturi Lehkonen(F-95-Eligible in 2013). Heís barely 150 lbs, but leads his junior team in scoring, and is 19th in the league for points and 7th for goals. Whatís his game like and what are some strengths/weaknesses?
Overall just a very good player; he has good movement, good puck skills, good work rate and a good understanding of the game. In a game that I saw from him last weekend he was an offensive dynamo for his team. He was dangerous every other shift and created the most chances in his team, his line mates just werenít on the same page with him in some situations. Heís a better (and also taller) player than his linemate Rasmus Kulmala who played in some European Trophy games during the pre-season, so if things go well Lehkonen might get a game or two in SM-liiga already this season. He should be an ideal player for TPS coach Virtaís preferred style of play.

Originally Posted by LoveHateLeafs View Post
Juuso Ikonen(F-95-Eligible in 2013). Heís over 2 points per game so far, but again, heís tiny. How is his hockey sense? Is he a good enough skater to overcome his lack of size?
He definitely has very good hockey sense and heís a smooth and agile skater with a pretty good top speed. He could still grow an inch or two during the next few years, so letís see what happens before going too far with speculations. Steve Kariya might be a decent comparison at this point.

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