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12-21-2012, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by tfriede2 View Post
Is him being in Finland really an issue? Is this the same case with Hakanpaa? (I don't think so). I think the main reason why he still hasn't been picked by us in the prospect rankings is that basically none of us have seen him play....and he was a 6th round draft pick - our expectations aren't very high. Perhaps he may never come over, and perhaps he may never been good enough to play in the NHL (so it'll be a moot point), but I think a fear of him staying in Finland is premature at this point.
Hakanpaa is signed though. That at least is a step in the right direction. I don't have an issue with him as a prospect. I'm actually encouraged by what he brings to the table. The 6th round stigma gets him too. Blues just haven't had much success pulling folks out of Finland in the past. Aaltonen, Nissinen, Lehtera went home... no history. We had Esa Tikkanen once...

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