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09-30-2013, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by tsujimoto74 View Post
Really no need for it in Risto's case. This isn't like a kid coming out of juniors whose toughest competition to date was maybe playing in the WJC. He's been playing professional hockey against men since he was 16 in a league that's comparable to the AHL. I don't think another year in Finland would kill him, but he's earned his spot.
The thing is that Ristolainen was pretty average FEL defenseman last year. He didn't do anything special. I think that north american game fits him better but i wouldn't be suprised if he was sent back in the minors. He has all the tools to play well but it might be too earöy for him. In the other hand if he adjust early it could give him boost for his developement. He could end up as really good defenseman learning from Teppo Numminen. Interesting to see how he does vs how Jones does at Nashville. Could be really good comparison for next season.

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