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06-21-2013, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by GrindNMuck View Post
And you guys are saying Lindholm played in the Sweden Pro. Well i believe Artturi Lehkonen played Finland Pro as well and put up 30 points in 45 games.
I understand your overall point about drafting for need, but Lindholm is damn good.

Also, the comparison is pretty poor, there are a few differences that need to be considered, Lindholm is clearly the better player by some way.

A. Elias is already 190lbs + and 6ft... Lehkonen is 150lbs and about 5ft9.

B. Elias is one of the best skaters in the draft... Lehkonen's skating is a concern.

C. Brynas are arguably a worse team than Kalpa in their league with less scoring throughout the lineup, Brynas scored at 2.2 per game, Kalpa at 2.86.

D. The SM Liiga is higher scoring... 5.25 GPG compared to 4.78 GPG in SHL.

E. The SHL is a far better league... players who have switched between the two in the last few years have shown this, they get about 40-50% less points on average in the SHL compared to SM Liiga...

SHL to SM Liiga:

Vittaluoma: 11-12 SHL: 55GP 6G 9A 15P
12-13 SM Liiga: 58GP 18G 38A 56P

Joakim Eriksson: 10-11 SHL: 53GP 8G 20A 28P
11-12 SM Liiga: 47GP 12G 25A 37P

Adam Masuhr: 07-08 SHL: 51GP 6G 8A 14P
09-10 SM Liiga: 42GP 16G 15A 31P

SM Liiga to SHL:

Koivisto: 08-09 SM Liiga: 58GP 23G 39A 62P
10-11 SHL: 54GP 14G 9A 23P

Vihko: 09-10 SM Liiga: 56GP 25G 15A 40P
10-11 SHL: 54GP 11G 17A 28P

Pyrola: 06-07 SM Liiga: 56GP 28G 17A 45P
07-08 SHL: 46GP 17G 16A 33P

SM Liiga is equal to the Allsvenskan, frankly, Lehkonen would either be putting up 15 points in the SHL... or probably not be playing, and instead be loaned to Allsevenskan or u-20.

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