Team Finland @ 2013 World Junior Championships
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11-11-2012, 10:39 AM
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So, the Sundsvall tournament is over.
It's hard to say anything conclusive, given how we were missing more than a line's worth of top players (Granlund, Armia, Salomäki, Teräväinen) for various reasons.
In defense, Ristolainen was the best D-man, with bit of a surprise name riding on the coattails. Juuso Vainio's name hasn't shown up in our early speculations here, but he was really good as well. Might just have punched himself a ticket.
Those that did show up were very solid however. Lehkonen led the tournament in scoring, and Barkov... well, let's just say that this kid is a national treasure and definitely going places. So happy he chose to represent Finland and even made no question about it.
One of the more important answers we did get was in netminding department. Korpisalo played most of the time and was very solid. He'll be our starter now going into WJC, methinks. Ullberg was the designated one and he lost it. While they're not comparable, apparently Juvonen and Perhonen were both pretty decent with the B-team, so it might be difficult for Ullberg to even make it as a backup now.
The roll now, given what we've seen...
Määttä - Ristolainen
Lindbohm - Vainio
Vainonen - Pokka
Salomäki - Granlund - Armia
Lehkonen - Barkov - Haapala
Teräväinen - Aaltonen - Nykopp
Lamberg - Salminen - Hännikäinen
Juuso Ikonen was a contender in most early lineups, but he was completely invisible here. Nykopp was another pleasant surprise. Brings some much-needed size as well.
We have to remember that Ikonen was best player from Finland at lake placid at much better competition than this was and Finland had better team. But i've noticed that finland lacks high-end power foward type of players into top lines. Salomäki is good but isn't that high end of prospect.
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