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12-22-2012, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by sinettiseura View Post
It would be intresting to here what our prospect guru Tormentor has to say on this. It is true that Ristolainen is a raw talent who needs polishing. He is a project. When it comes to Ristolainen not being dominant is agruable. Ristolainen hasn't really played with his own age group. When Pokka and Määttä were playing against their own age group Ristolainen was already playing against 1-2 years older players. But these were of course their junior years and players develope with different pace... My point was just that few years back his potential was evident and he was too dominant to play with his own age.

IMO Ristolainen is at this point as good as Pokka but his potential is much higher. And Pokka is quite underrated defenseman. Pokka is going to be NHLer eventhough he lacks explosiveness and size. Ristolainen doesen't and that's why I consider him 1st round talent. I was very high on him when season started but now I think that he will at 10-20 range. WJC could however change things because evaluating young defenseman playing against men is hard and now he has a chance to so what he can do against his peers.
All 3 are of the same age group. Under NHL draft rules they're not but the domestic rules have them at the same age being born in 94'.

Pokka and Ristolainen entered the B-Nuorten SM-Alkusarja league (Junior B) at the same age and all 3 joined the Nuorten SM-liiga (Junior A) at the same age. Also, both Pokka and Ristolainen entered the SM-Liiga last year.

I could be wrong on Ristolainen, my model isn't perfect but what I see on paper leads me to think he may not be as good as people made it out to be after a few good games at the WJC last year.

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