Was wondering more about the guys like Jortikka, the Jalonens, Aravirta, Westerlund and the like or possibly people like Matikainen who played in North America as well as enjoying success in the coaching ranks. Alatalo and Dufva are other younger guys who would seem capable of coaching in North America if that was their desire.
From what I've heard, Jortikka and Aravirta have fairly extensive knowledge of the game and all are fairly highly respected among the international coaching ranks.
Summanen would probably be my choice since he has some NHL experience as player and IMO maybe the best coach from Finland currently. He has also already coached abroad so it might be possible that someday he'll coach in NHL since he isn't too old. But don't really see that happening yet.
Last edited by Lehtz: 07-04-2009 at 08:01 AM.
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I would put my bets to Petri Matikainen or Kari Heikkilä. Matikainen needs some experience outside Finland and both need to adapt the NHL via assistant coaching.
Or other good choices might be some old players from Selänne-Numminen-Koivu axis who don't need any lessons from North American style of play. But this takes some seasons, the need to end their playing career first.