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04-28-2013, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by DrinkFightFlyers View Post
Serious question, is there anything to all this "Risto can learn from Timonen" stuff? I mean guys from other countries come over here all the time without having linemates or defensive partners from their country and do fine. And I'm sure guys struggle even with a guy from their country around. If its me, I only pull for Risto to play next year if he is ready for it. I wouldn't put too much stock in the fact that Timonen would be on the team. It may help a little in terms of adjusting to America, but I don't think I would rush him just to play with Timonen.
I think there's a lot to this Ristolainen learning from Timonen thing.

Pronger on Schenn.
Jagr on Voracek.

I think there's a lot to a younger player who looked up to a guy listening and hanging on every word to get better. I think Timonen would be a fairly obvious and solid role model for a guy like Ristolainen moving into the NHL.

That said, it would be helpful. That doesn't mean it's necessary.

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