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07-12-2012, 04:20 PM
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FiLe
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That offense of yours is going to rock some socks off in a three to four years. But yeah, Sochi? Far too soon.

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Originally Posted by RKC View Post
Pitkänen - Timonen
Vatanen - Salo
Lydman - Määttä/Ristolainen
Ristolainen/Määttä
Though even if those bolded guys would all skyrocket their careers to best case scenarios, I'd still take offence with this defence. It's far too OD-loaded. Lydman is the only shutdown specialist, though Timonen, Salo and Määttä can go both ways. And even then, you're placing your biggest two-way expectations on two 40-year-old veterans and a rookie. Hardly something anyone would call optimal.

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Here's what I've got currently scoped out.

GK:
Rinne
Rask
Niemi/Lehtonen/Ortio/MattiHöylä/Sulo/whoever

OD:
Pitkänen
Vatanen
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Timonen
Salo
(Niskala)
(Lepistö)

Let's hope Timonen and Salo are still up for some olympic action. If one declines, Niskala takes his spot. If both, then add also Lepistö. Määttä is a hopeful too, though currently naturally very distant one.

DD:
Lydman
Väänänen
Järvinen

'nuff said. Kukkonen, Jaakola are the obvious stunts but if those three are healthy and willing, no need to look their way.


Forward lines:

1st: Filppula/Granlund - Koivu - Ruutu

2nd: Jokinen/Korpikoski/Bergenheim - Filppula/Granlund - X

3rd: J/K/B - Immonen/Kontiola - J/K/B

4th: Komarov + any 2 of the following:
Kapanen
Nokelainen
Hartikainen
Lajunen
Salomäki
Petrell
Pihlström
Pyörälä


Granlund is pegged either for Koivu's wing or a 2nd line C in Minny, and depending on where he settles in decides the slots between him and Filppula, both are pretty much interchangeable ATM for those roles.

Immonen, Kontiola are candidates for 3rd line C, the actual pick to be determined based on who's in better form by then. Right now, I'd probably pick Kontiola, but we'll see in a year and half.

Behind Ruutu there are Jokinen, Korpikoski and Bergenheim to fill out the top-9 on wing, apart from that X, to which I'll come in a second.

4th line. We know already that Komarov is a lock to make this team, and apart from him, pretty much any of those other listed will do. I'd probably pick Noksu for centre and then one of Hartikainen, Lajunen or Salomäki to bring some youth. Currently Härski is the frontrunner, but that may change in a season and half.


Now, that X... the thing is, what I really want to see there is a true sniper, not some utility forward who aspires to be one. Essentially, it boils down to hoping that either Pulkkinen or Armia has a career season, makes the WHC squad and bends it like Selänne. Fine, let's mention Teräväinen too, just for the sake of mention.

But if not, I suppose we're down to someone like Hagman or Leino. Former appears likely.


So perhaps something like this...

Rinne (Rask)

Pitkänen - Vatanen
Timonen - Salo
Väänänen - Lydman
Järvinen

Filppula - Koivu - Ruutu
Korpikoski - Granlund - Armia
Jokinen - Kontiola - Bergenheim
Komarov - Nokelainen - Hartikainen
Hagman

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