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12-10-2012, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Crymson View Post
Ilari Filppula was too slow and too small. He was given a chance during preseason and did not perform. Whatever the case, excellence in the AHL does not always translate into success at the NHL level. Just ask Alexandre Giroux and Keith Aucoin, both of whom were megastars at the AHL level but could not maintain a job in the NHL. Much the same, success in a foreign league---even the KHL is included in this---is by no means a certain indicator of prosperity in the far faster and more physical NHL.
pre-season blabla... After the preseason, he played good hockey in the AHL for the whole season! It takes more time than a few weeks to learn the NA-style game. He did, but never got a chance.

A guy that plays really good in the AHL and also tears up the FEL would IMO have a good chance becoming a NHL-player. Considering that Jokerit, his home-team, is playing in an NHL-sized rink, I would consider his chances even better!

Hopefully some other team takes a chance on him when NHL is back.

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