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03-30-2013, 03:18 PM
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One of the things that I've found sort of confusing in the run up to the draft is the fact that Artturi Lehkonen seems to have fallen out of the first round in all but maybe one or two rankings. At the same time last year, Teuvo Teravainen was rocketing up the rankings. Statswise, Lehkonen seems to have a more impressive record than Teravainen did last year, though Teravainen probably had less ice time in his draft year. Even this year, despite being ten months younger than Teravainen and having less SM-Liiga experience, Lehkonen scored only a slightly lower points per game while while his average almost ice time was almost identical.

I could understand Lekhonen's fall if Teravainen had been considered a disappointment, but if anything, TT has improved his standing relative to his draft class. In the recent THN Future Watch, scouts ranked him as the 11th best player out of the 2012 draft class, even though he was picked 18th. I haven't been able to see much of Lehkonen, but he seems to be a pretty good skater, has a good compete level, and already seems good at using body position to compensate for his lack of size and strength. I know he's had injury issues, but his slide out of the first round seems to have started before his recent concussion. Do the people who have watched him all season really think that he's that much worse than Teravainen was in his draft year?

Another way in which Lehkonen compares favourably to Teravainen this year is even strength scoring. This year, slightly less than half of Teravainen's points came on even strength (48%), while Lehkonen scored 73% of his points during 5 on 5 situations.

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