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06-30-2013, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Needles View Post
I don't know about that. Lukko's top 9 is pretty stacked already (they aquired Toni Koivisto & Ville Vahalahti) and Saarela could already be to good for A-SM. CHL should be an option for him IMO.
Sure, the CHL is definitely an option, but there are so many mental aspects to consider that IMO it's really hard to say from the outside wether it's good or bad for a player. I think that in today's SM-liiga a team has to be very stacked that a player who is too good for jr.A doesn't get a roster spot. It could happen though, especially if there are no injuries and the coach doesn't want to give young players a lot of responsibility (in this case it's unlikely, as it's coach Dufva who already said last year that Saarela is ready for the SM-liiga. In that sense the CHL could provide a good middle ground in terms of level of play while still having elite level of competitiveness and coaching.

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