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06-26-2012, 12:39 PM
Mr. Know-It-Nothing
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Määttä did get a bit unlucky with the team that picked him, true. The Pens are not exactly raring to bring up young D-men. That being said, I wonder what Määttä's planned career move is for the next season. Does he intend to stay across the pond or maybe return home?

Like I already said concerning Armia, some solid SM-liiga play and a WHC invite might also do wonders to any olympic hopes even if he has destination AHL for the following season.

Salomäki is someone I doubt will have no chance at all. He'd be bottom-six, and would have to beat a ton of more seasoned guys to make it, and not the age-old kind either. Komarov, Hartikainen, Lajunen, Petrell - just to name a few. Several more in Europe.

While our d-man crop is thin, I'd say we still have a fair shot at icing an unit that doesn't look half bad - though there isn't too much room for injuries or other sidelines.


is the optimal situation. But beyond them, there's not much wiggling room. One stay-at-home D might be replaced with the likes of Kukkonen, Jaakola or Laakso - and for puck-movers, well... there's Lepistö. And Salmela. Suddenly Määttä doesn't appear such a bad idea after all if any of the top-four gets sidelined.

Last edited by FiLe: 06-26-2012 at 12:54 PM.
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