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06-26-2013, 12:04 AM
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Originally Posted by FLYguy3911 View Post
Aside from being Finnish, they couldn't be more different.
They both calm the speed of the game, move the puck well, see the ice well, and can skate very well.

Ristolainen also has size and strength.

Timonen is better positionally and is more agile.

I think there are more similarities than not. Don't let their size and muscle fool you. Yes, it changes the way each handles their abilities on the ice, but it doesn't change what they accomplish.

Most importantly here is that Ristolainen has that calmness when possessing the puck and guarding the backend that Timonen and Pronger both possess. They don't rush the play, but instead calmly move things along at their speed, letting the flow of the game play into them instead of chasing the play.

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