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11-01-2012, 03:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Tormentor View Post
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.
Which is a shame. Of course if there is no-one available, then you have to work with those you can get. I liked the defensemen in last U18 world championships because for once the defense had some size.

Mäkelä was okay when I checked Ilves-Ässät junior game but I kinda understand why he wasn't selected. He just wasn't that good.

By the way, Vuorisalo has been a pleasant surprise for me. He has the speed and he has pretty good hands also. In my opinion he has been the best defender in Ässät after Parkkonen but just like the other 95's, he is bit smallish.

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