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12-04-2012, 12:51 AM
Mr. Know-It-Nothing
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What we're looking at, roughly (bolded players are locks) :


Korpisalo and Laurikainen likely form the playing tandem. No prediction on designated starter though yet.



Määttä, Ristolainen and Pokka are the no-brainer picks for puck-moving d-men. One, maybe two of Vainio, Riikola and Lindell will be picked as well, for full complement of blueline QB.


Lindbohm is a lock at this stage. Two more DD will likely get picked from the remaining trio.

Forward lineups
Salomäki - Granlund - Armia
Teräväinen - Barkov - Lehkonen
H.Ikonen/Nykopp - Aaltonen - J.Ikonen/Haapala (or Lehkonen, if Haapala plays on Barkov's wing)
Hännikäinen - Salminen - Lamberg

1st line: The 93s lead the way. Last tour, plus plenty of experience and chemistry from earlier years.

2nd line: The Future. Next year's top line going through the motions. Very dangerous this time around, potentially devastating in 2014.

3rd line: Depending on final complement, more like a 2B line. This is where it gets hairy. Plenty of options and some guys who by all means deserve to be there are up for a disappointment. Nykopp or H.Ikonen will bring some grit into this line, while Haapala and J.Ikonen battle for the other winger slot. Both won't make it, at least into the regular lineup, as they're too much cut from the same cloth. Ikonen has the skill edge, but Haapala has more versability.

4th line: Very solid shutdown line. 'Nuff said. Other possible options include Leino, Nykopp and H.Ikonen.

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