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01-25-2013, 04:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Jussi View Post
And I suppose you find it impossible that he knows the scouts(Finnish?) and talked to them before the game?
Itís entirely possible, either he talked with them or just overheard them talking about Kulmala, but thatís not the point. Barkov, Ristolainen, Lehkonen and is some cases possibly Ikonen or Antonen are likely the main targets for scouts in Finland. They build their schedules primarily around the top guys (~ top-100 prospects from their point of view), the rest are mostly secondary or an added bonus.

They probably wrote a small report of most young players in that game, including Kulmala, but it doesnít change the obvious. Ristolainen was by far the most valuable prospect in that game, and a big reason for them being in that game in the first place.

Sometimes itís hard to get one fully honest word out of scouts, you need to learn to read between the lines. For many itís an industry policy to unveil as little as possible, in addition some of them like pulling your leg every chance they get.

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