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01-16-2012, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by thomast View Post
Vaakanainen seems to be pretty impressive player for his age. He looks big against 2 year older and his skating looks smooth. Promising so far.
Vaakanainen is probably an early developer (physically), but nevertheless a promising defenseman.

Originally Posted by TwoHockey View Post
Jesse Puljujärvi: Really strong and skilled offensively, great scorer but needs to develope his defensive play a lot. Anyhow really promising.
A scoring winger, but also has enough awareness to make some passing plays and advance the play on the neutral zone. He needs to develop everything, but I don't think his defensive game is bad for his age. He works well considering his endurance and strength level, his puck pursuit is usually good when he's not desperately gasping for breath.

Originally Posted by sirMcDuck View Post
Jesse Puljujärvi has been a beast all year long. 13 year old kid who is already 5'10. He has made great points in C-juniors SM-league where other kids are two years older. In his own level of juniors he has made ridicilous points like in TIHC - Jokerit which ended 11-0 he scored 7+2.

Great and huge prospect.
Here's a slightly newer picture with Julius Nättinen on the left and Jesse Puljujärvi on the right:

Puljujärvi is a tall kid for his age, but not huge if you compare him to Nättinen.

Originally Posted by LatexiKledjut View Post
Isn't it a tad early to start hyping kids of only 13 years of age??
It's probably not good to say that some 13 year old will be a future NHL star or something similar, because they have a long road ahead of them and only a few of them eventually make it. On the other hand this is a thread about up-and-coming Finnish prospects and many of us like staying up-to-date. As an example Kärpät recruited Puljujärvi from Tornio which is 130km away from Oulu, so some people are already doing a bit more than just keeping an eye on these kids.

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