Finnish Top Prospects ( In Future)
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05-13-2012, 06:45 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Great work as always Tormentor. I can't really comment on the 2014 list since I haven't seen enough of anyone from there, but what has happened to Jaakko Hälli?
From what I could make of those slideshow U18 streams, I really liked what I saw from Aleksi Mustonen. I was surprised to see him make the team in the first place, but he played really well for the whole tournament in top lines. Must have been one of the fastest skaters in the whole tournament, was good defensively and has a great attitude to go with some skill and pretty good hockey IQ. Shame he's so small, otherwise I could see him making a career in bottom-6 role in the NHL.
Joose Antonen probably was in the team to play in top-6 role, but after Ikonen and Teräväinen joined he fell to 4th line and was quite useless there. Will be interesting to see how much he will play in SM-liiga next season since Ilves' team looks terrible yet again. Handling SM-liiga opponents physically shouldn't be a problem if he spends some extra time in the weight room during this off-season.
First thing which comes to mind when thinking about Saku Salminen is his awkward skating position and technique. Not sure if any NHL team will be willing to use draft pick on a player whose skating stands out in a bad way in U18 competition. Really needs to work on that in off-season, I don't know if Jokerit do have a proper skating coach in their organization but for Salminen's sake I hope they do.
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