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06-30-2013, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Needles View Post
Hopefully Saarela follows Olli Määttä's example and goes to CHL. I doubt he get's to play many SM-liiga games next year and our junior leagues suck. Joining a great organisation like London Knights or Kitchener Rangers could be the best decision of his life.

But since he's played three SM-liiga games, is he eligible for CHL?
There's plenty of examples of players moving to play in the CHL after playing SM-liiga games, the CHL doesn't care wether a player has played professionally before playing in the league.

I don't agree with your post. Firstly, he's may get a roster spot, since he looked very good in the 3 games he played last year, and his development has been incredibly fast in the last couple of years. He basically played himself from jr. C to SM-liiga in a year. Also if he's not good enough to get a roster spot, Jr. A is competitive enough that the level isn't too weak for him. If jr. A is too weak for a player, it's pretty much guaranteed that that player is good enough to play in the Sm-liiga, and vice versa.

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