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05-24-2013, 08:36 AM
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JJTT
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Originally Posted by seafoam View Post
Hey, does anyone have any scouting information on Ville Pokka? It seems like he had a pretty good season and was logging a lot of minutes for a young kid. What is the status of his contract with his respective club? Thanks guys!
Here is a good scouting report

http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/05/...3-ville-pokka/

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Defense
Born Jun 3 1994 — Tornio, Finland
Height 6.00 — Weight 200 — Shoots Right

He is very difficult to beat off the rush as he uses excellent positioning and good quickness to always keep the forward in front of him. He has a quick stick and is good at pokechecking opponents. Pokka has shown that he can be physical and throw a hard hit if he catches a forward in a vulnerable position. He is also willing to battle hard in the corners and in front of the net, however Pokka is sometimes overwhelmed by a big, physical forward.

Offensively Pokka plays a simple, but very effective game. He has great vision and hockey IQ which help him to quarterback the powerplay. A very good passer, Pokka can make effective tape to tape passes to teammates both from the blue line in the offensive zone and in his own zone to start the breakout. Pokka’s slapshot needs work, as it lacks both power and accuracy, however he does possess a good wrist shot, and can often be seen sneaking in from the point on the PP in an attempt to recieve a pass and unleash it.

Pokka is a decent skater, but not great. His top end speed is good, and his balance is also adequate. He does however need to work on his pivots, agility and changes of direction before he will be ready for the next level.

Pokka can be an effective 2nd pairing defender in the NHL. There are some aspects of his game that need work before he reaches the pros, but the potential is certainly there.
I think he will spent 1-2 seasons in sm-liiga playing top 4 minutes on a top team. He will get decent amount of powerplay time and some time on the penalty kill. If he development doesn't stall he has a change to play in world championhips next year. Pokka will also on play on the u20 WJC's.

He needs to improve his conditioning and take training more seriously. That 200 lbs frame is not all muscle.
Good puckmover and great hands but he tends to try too much and loses the puck in his own end/blueline. He's positioning on the defensive zone also needs some work before nhl.


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