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04-26-2013, 11:58 AM
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Gaps
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Especially when it comes to D and goalies, there's a chance late bloomers emerge so they're IMO harder to predict than the forward corps.

Kapanen is probably the youngest we can even think of taking along in 2018, although I'd like to leave the door ajar for Aleksi Saarela. His physical development looks very good so far, which could mean that he might be able to play on a high level at a younger age than many other prospects.

My list of possible candidates, some of them are long shots and some will spend most of their careers in Europe rather than in the NHL. I also added in their ages based on birth year, so some of them will in reality be younger than what I'm listing here:

Goalies:

Rask (31)
Rämö (32)
Aittokallio (26)
Ortio (27)
Lehtonen? (35)

We also have guys like Korpisalo, Saros and Kähkönen, but I think they're all going to be too young.

Defense:

Pitkänen (35)
Vatanen (27)
Määttä (24)
Ristolainen (24)
Hakanpää (26)
Pokka (24)
Järvinen (29)
Jokipakka (27)

Forwards:

M. Koivu (35)
T. Ruutu* (35)
Filppula (34)
Korpikoski (32)
Komarov (31)
Bergenheim (34)
Mi. Granlund (26)
Teräväinen (24)
Barkov (23)
Armia (25)
Lehkonen (23)
Pulkkinen (26)
Kapanen (22)
Saarela (21)
Ma. Granlund (25)
Salomäki (25)
Hartikainen (28)
Haula (27)
Aaltonen (not Juhamatti) (25)
Rajala (27)
J. Ikonen (23)

* Tuomo's so injury-riddled that I have serious doubts about him still being able to play at the age of 35.


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