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10-24-2012, 03:29 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Ristolainen is getting quality minutes in the Finnish league and has 5 assists in 13 games as a 17 year old. I haven't seen him play, but that's going to get scouts' attention.
There are players potentially going in the top 10 playing in such different leagues. Ristolainen, Barkov and Lindholm are not just playing in mens' leagues but doing exceptionally well.
Barkov is in the top 10 in scoring in the SM-liiga and only turned 17 in September. If he was born 2 weeks later, he would be a 2014 draft pick.
Lindholm is in the top 20 in scoring in the Swedish Elite League as a 17 year old.
Usually there are the Euros who barely are putting up any points being compared to the players in juniors. But when you have these very young players who are not just playing in mens leagues but dominating..? I really think they're going to end up challenging Mackinnon.
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