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12-15-2012, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Lapa View Post
Haapala.. Hmm. Is he good enough for this level? I haven't been able to watch that many games in SM-liiga this season to know.
Haapala was solid and putting up good numbers when he got to play with Barkov and Nieminen at the start of the season, but began to decline when he was replaced in favor of Jannik Hansen. So here's hoping he picks it up now that he's back together with Sasha.

Another upside in that lineup is that it gives us three extremely skilled and potetial scoring lines. On a leaner year, any of those could be the top unit.

The downside is that there is not much physicality beyond Salomäki, but then again, all of those guys are playing among grown men night in night out and seem to have little trouble, so maybe that's a piece of overblown worry. Rindell apparently doesn't seem to think it's an issue.

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