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04-16-2013, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by thomast View Post
Best junior program in finland.
It's a bit difficult to determine which organization does the best job with suiting the individual needs of a high-end prospect, especially when the player is 15 to 19 years old. Looking at the standings alone won't give us this info.

Blues has the most successful junior organization in Finland at the moment, but to some extent it’s expected that its teams succeed. They have good training facilities and a lot of junior aged players. I don’t have the numbers, but can anyone match the depth they have in each age group?

Players like Barkov (Tappara), Granlund (Laser HT/Kärpät/HIFK), Ristolainen (TPS), Lehkonen (TuTo/TPS/KalPa), Teräväinen (Jokerit), Vatanen (JYP), Määttä (JYP), Armia (Ässät), Saarela (Lukko), Kapanen (KalPa), Pokka (TIHC/Kärpät) and Aittokallio (Ilves) make it obvious that several different organizations have lately managed to help a promising prospect become a better player. In this sense Blues seems to be nothing out of the ordinary.

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