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12-20-2009, 12:19 PM
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Your thoughts on Peltonen and the Olympics

Does he stand a chance to get a spot in the Olympics after his performances in the international tournaments so far?

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12-20-2009, 12:30 PM
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Well, dificult question but my answer is NO.
Although he really had great tournaments and especially played great against the Swedes two times now.
But he would be totally wasted in a 3rd or 4th line and for the 1st and 2nd lines we have enough players who are much better.

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12-20-2009, 02:23 PM
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Actually, Peltonen would make a decent two-way player into lower lines also. He's got a great game-sense for allaround play. But I reckon we've got better guys to fill the lower lines as well.

Selänne, Hagman, J.Jokinen, Miettinen, T.Ruutu, J.Ruutu, and one of either O.Jokinen or Filppula must play wing, so that leaves just one slot to fill in regular lines. And we've got the likes of Lehtinen, Bergenheim and Pyörälä trying to get in as well.

So he'd be a 13th forward at best. Hand the slot to someone else, I say.

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I'd say yes, he's done a job in this tournament and I put faith in him to continue

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Two words: Hell. No.

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Two things going for him are experience and leadership. But we already have "enough" of both of them, so I'd say hand the slot to someone younger and faster. Although his passion, experience and game smarts compensate for his legs, which are working slower and slower, I think we'd be better of with a younger guy.

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12-21-2009, 11:11 AM
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Only if he plays on the 3rd/4th line. I hate when they have used him on the top lines every tournament, he hasnt been good offensive player in many years.

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Two things going for him are experience and leadership. But we already have "enough" of both of them, so I'd say hand the slot to someone younger and faster. Although his passion, experience and game smarts compensate for his legs, which are working slower and slower, I think we'd be better of with a younger guy.
Well said, Diaboli. It`s truth that when the legs start to slow down it`s impossible to play at the elite level. No matter how good you are. Ville just cant keep up with the pace played in the olympics.

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No way.
There just isn't any room for him.
I can't see him in the team without some serious injury problems.
Only way for him to see the ice is if you'd take him as the 13th forward and only let him play against Sweden

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12-22-2009, 02:18 PM
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I think Pelle Peltonen is the most overrated finnish player ever.

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I have alot of respect for Peltonen for all his hard work for team Finland.

However, my biggest concern is the NHL size ice.

There is no room for Peltonen this time around.

I hope Jalonen agrees with this idea.

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I think Pelle Peltonen is the most overrated finnish player ever.
Alongside with Nummelin. It just baffles my mind how much respect and praise these players that have had WHC success get from Finnish hockey fans. The praise is warranted in WHCs, but the WHC success should not translate into an automatic spot on the Olympic team.

There's a reason they couldn't handle the NHL level and were sent back to Europe. For the same reason they should be left out of the Olympic squad, as the level of play in Vancouver will be the same as in the NHL.

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12-24-2009, 06:39 AM
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Alongside with Nummelin. It just baffles my mind how much respect and praise these players that have had WHC success get from Finnish hockey fans. The praise is warranted in WHCs, but the WHC success should not translate into an automatic spot on the Olympic team.

There's a reason they couldn't handle the NHL level and were sent back to Europe. For the same reason they should be left out of the Olympic squad, as the level of play in Vancouver will be the same as in the NHL.

I think this sealed the deal on my behalf.


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12-30-2009, 08:35 AM
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Two things going for him are experience and leadership. But we already have "enough" of both of them, so I'd say hand the slot to someone younger and faster. Although his passion, experience and game smarts compensate for his legs, which are working slower and slower, I think we'd be better of with a younger guy.
Well, apparently Jalonen thought that the two things going for Peltonen were enough to justify his place on the team...

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While it's certainly true that Peltonen doesn't have the speed required for top-line duty, there is NO indication that he'd be a defensive liability.

I predict he will do fine if given 4th-line-slot and maybe some PK time.

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Peltonen looked very good last year.

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The only scenario that I would be somewhat fine with Peltonen on the team is if he played on the same line with OJ and JJ. They had chemistry and played well together in Turin.

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12-30-2009, 11:26 AM
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I think Pelle Peltonen is the most overrated finnish player ever.
Along with Raimo Helminen you mean?

Best-on-best tournaments (Olympics + World Cups + Canada Cups):
Ville Peltonen 24. 8+11=19
Raimo Helminen 18. 2+6=8

Other international tournaments (Olympics + World Championships):
Ville Peltonen 113. 38+50=88
Raimo Helminen 120. 16+64=80

Yeah, maybe Peltonen didn't deserve a spot this time around. But he's earned the respect he gets.

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