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06-29-2012, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Tormentor View Post
Toni Kallela’s NHL upside might be a bit questionable just like with Miro Aaltonen and Robert Leino, but I wouldn’t call him an average skater. He was one of the top skaters in Jr.A this season, his speed coming down the wing and ability to change direction quickly made him unstoppable at times.
''Average'' was wrong word to put it, but these small European players need to have the ability to fly on the ice unless they have some exceptional qualities like Granlund with his hockey IQ and Pulkkinen with his slap shot and good overall offensive skills. But like we have seen with Pulkkinen, even that might not be enough make it to the show if your skating isn't absolutely top-notch.

Originally Posted by The Saw Is the Law View Post
I don't buy that NS was the problem. There were/are much bigger issues. Focusing on wrong kind of things.

It's easy to slap Nuori Suomi just because it started about the same time than Finland stopped developing elite players.
It's not all NS's fault, but they definitely are/were big part of the problem. Small country like Finland just can't afford to waste any talented players because of this type system. NS is a great system if used properly, but it shouldn't have anything to do with competitive clubs who are aiming to produce something out of their youth systems.

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