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04-16-2013, 06:14 AM
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thomast
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Originally Posted by Tormentor View Post
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.
Those players who you listed would pan out in every organisation because they are extremely and naturally talented. There haven't been absolute gems in blues program. Vaakanainen is one gem for very long time if not ever. In blues he gets very good coaching, induvidual training, winning enviroment and playing with great team mates. Blues organisation have relied more and more on own "product" promoting talented players in to higher lever and play them in the role which fit them best. Juuso Ikonen, Miro Aaltonen, Valtteri Virkkunen, Niklas Tikkinen, Hakanpää, Aleksi Rutanen, Nico Nyberg, Robert Rooba and Joonas Valkonen, Lars Volden all played FEL games last year. Kristian Näkyvä and Jere Sallinen blossomed in other organisations but played in blues junior program. There have been clear signs from the management that junior developement and program are one of the most important things for them. Time will tell if Vaakanainen will progress very well but i like that he chose blues which has very professional and well structured junior program.

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