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09-30-2012, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by YARR123 View Post
Has anyone seen Jesse Puljujärvi play recently? So far he's got 3+4=7 points in 6 games in jr. B qualifiers against players up to 3 years older than him. Sounds pretty impressive.

And it's not like he scored all his points against weak teams that wont qualify for the league, for example he scored 2+0 against Ilves.
The numbers are good and he has a good amount of offensive talent, but overall his game in Jr.B isn’t overly impressive at this point. I’m left with a feeling that he still has plenty to learn about the game. He has a sharp wrister with a good release and he can really rifle it from the move, there’s already a good amount of power behind it. Has a big frame for his age, but isn’t the most physical player and looses many of his puck battles against older players. Needs to improve his endurance, often gets tired and slows down towards the end of the shift. Unable to maintain full tempo for longer periods of time. Technically a good skater and is able of generating good amount of speed considering his size and age. Still clearly adapting to the level of play, needs to be more thorough with the simple things, like getting the puck out of the zone. Hockey sense is still developing, in some situations he doesn’t always know what the sensible thing to do is. Usually gets the puck under control quite quickly and is able of deking at full speed, but I wouldn’t say that he has elite hands. Able of setting up some plays, especially on the rush, but not the greatest play maker. Anyways, he’s more of a sniper. Focuses slightly more on the offensive side of the game and still struggles a bit with defensive responsibilities. Won’t be coaches first choice on short handed play. In some ways he resembles Hannes Hyvönen, a big winger who plays with his right hand down, has a good amount of offensive talent and a great shot, but isn’t perhaps the most complete player.

Originally Posted by glassbangers View Post
What kind of player is Juuso Riikola? He has 3 points in 3 games in SM-liiga. I've been reading some reports and apparently he has Vatanen-like skating and good puckhandling skills?
I've heard that he's more like Bobby Orr.

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