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10-30-2012, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Quethas View Post
Our defense looks small. Just look at the height of these players (taken from Eliteprospects)

2 Jimi Kuronen, Lukko 179/82
3 Alex Lintuniemi, Jokerit 187/85
5 Julius Honka, JYP 178/74
7 Atte Mäkinen, Tappara 191/93
8 Mika Ilvonen, Blues 172/69
22 Joonas Lyytinen, KalPa 180/70
27 Erik Autio, Blues 176/77

That is just way too small defense in my opinion.
The situation is what it is, big defensemen with ability are a scarce commodity in this age group. One can argue that Aleksi Mäkelä would not have made that team any worse, but at this point he's pretty much the only(?) half-decent alternative when looking at larger 95-born D's with Jr.A experience. Guys like Mikke Levo and Teemu Vuorisalo might have a higher upside than few of the D’s on that team, but they aren't big bruisers either.

We can go through U18 tournaments with a bunch of smaller defensemen, it’s been done before, but by the time of the U20’s that formula usually doesn’t work anymore. Next year the U20 team will be full of 94-born D’s (Määttä?, Ristolainen?, Pokka, Lindell, Tikkinen, Vainio, Lehtonen, Vainonen…), so there’s still some time to find bigger (and better?) D’s from the 95-born age group.

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