C Aleksi Saarela - Lukko, Liiga (2015, 89th, NYR; 2016 trade, CAR)
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02-20-2013, 08:41 AM
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Tinke said yesterday that Saarela glides (=liukua) well and has a good balance, I can agree with that. On the other hand Saarela's overall skating and on ice speed attributes could definitely be better, especially for a shorter guy. You are fooling yourself if you think that Saarela will have notably better mobility in comparison to Granlund. Both are typical Finnish "persjalka's" (=guys with short legs), better suited to wrestling and weight lifting than skating or ballet dancing.
Mind you that I've seen Saarela play only once (last night) but it definitely seemed that he was much more versatile skater than Granlund. Their top speed might not differ much, but in terms of explosiveness Saarela's skating exceeds Granlund's. Maybe I'll have to have another look to get a better view on him, but that was the first impression I got.
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