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07-11-2012, 01:55 PM
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RKC
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Originally Posted by mattihp View Post
I don't get why people think Leino's overall skill makes him a probable on the team. At least not as a winger. His playing style is a big mismatch with meidän peli. As a centre he could slide in if there is an injury...
We don't have the luxury of picking players that suit our playing style. You pick the best players available and work from there on.

Someone in this thread mentioned dropping Pitkänen from the team. That's probably the most ridiculous thing I have seen posted on this forum. Pitkänen will most likely be our best dman in two years time and people want to drop him because he hasn't shown interest to play in the annual Skoda Cup or doesn't seem Jalonen type guy?

Knowing his injury history, it's the best thing for Finland's national team that he doesn't participate in that irrelevant tournament. He's our only young top-pairing NHL dman and we need him to be fit and ready play in the Olympics. Not only in 2014, but preferably in 2018 and possibly even in 2022 too.

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