General Talk '12 — Finland (Part II)
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05-11-2012, 04:23 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Granlund is obviously not the player he was last year: much less confidence and self-assertiveness there. And even so he can work miracles at any given point - the potential (at least on big ice) is truly amazing. I hope (and I would easily sacrifice this tournament for that hope to come true) that he will regain his composure: it's such pleasure to see something so exceptional...
Anyway, Finland seems very balanced, exactly as expected: discipline, offensive skill, hot goaltending with tight team play compensating for at times slightly shaky defenders. In a best of one match I would not hope for Finland as the opponent. It will be interesting though to see how well we'll match Canada with Jalonen's "our game" puck control tactics - Canada certainly has the potential to snuff out our slow attacks with their quick, aggressive and skillful forechecking.
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