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01-17-2010, 04:30 PM
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Translation: "Might as well mention in this thread as well that you can forget about placing Rajala in potential lines for next season. Toni himself said that he's coming back to Finland next season but not to Tampere Ilves if the current coach is still there."
Good for him, though a bit confused by the coach situation. Elaborate please?

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01-17-2010, 05:11 PM
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Good for him, though a bit confused by the coach situation. Elaborate please?
Current coach is Heikki Mälkiä. Ilves are last place in the league and playing piss poor. Mälkiä's style of hockey is very "un-ilves like", coupled with the poor results, fans have been wanting to get of rid him for a long time.

As for why Rajala wants to return to Finland, a lot of people think he's regressed in the CHL. E.g. coach of the U-20 team Hannu Jortikka said in his post tournament blog at a website that in his opionion Rajala made the wrong choice. "It seems while working on improving his weaknesses, they forgot to work on his strengths (ie. skating)."

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Current coach is Heikki Mälkiä. Ilves are last place in the league and playing piss poor. Mälkiä's style of hockey is very "un-ilves like", coupled with the poor results, fans have been wanting to get of rid him for a long time.

As for why Rajala wants to return to Finland, a lot of people think he's regressed in the CHL. E.g. coach of the U-20 team Hannu Jortikka said in his post tournament blog at a website that in his opionion Rajala made the wrong choice. "It seems while working on improving his weaknesses, they forgot to work on his strengths (ie. skating)."
Wouldn't his reasoning be his mandatory military conscription? I thought I remember reading at the start of the year he'd only likely be in the CHL for a year then would be back for the military thing.

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01-26-2010, 09:21 AM
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Toni Rajala

is he doing fine in WHL? i know that is has 40 points in 39 games that's not that good for a guy whit his offensive abbility

is he playing on the 3rd line or something?

is he too skinny for the WHL?

I want some input from the brandon weight kings fans or WHL fans plz!

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01-26-2010, 09:23 AM
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I think your under rating how good the WHL is

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01-26-2010, 09:27 AM
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that's not a good anser to my question

so how is he playing?

is he good or what?

in comparison whith scheen or glennie?

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01-26-2010, 09:55 AM
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From what I've heard he is playing very well. I don't know what you think the calibur of the WHL is, but averaging over a point per game is very good for an 18 year old.

BTW, why did you have to make a whole new thread to ask this? There are other threads about him already...

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02-19-2010, 10:05 PM
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Had to bump this thread.

Rajala had 3 goals and 2 assists tonight, and has surpassed Kevin Connauton to have the highest PPG among WHL rookies. He's also a +28, but his team is loaded.

He isn't playing with Schenn or Glennie or anything like that either. Fehr and Lewadniuk (really good players, still), who both had 4 point games as well.

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02-19-2010, 11:06 PM
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How's his play this year?

And how are his stats? are they a reflection of his play?

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02-19-2010, 11:08 PM
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saw him play once in calgary, pretty invisible, just one game though. that team is stacked, easy to not notice him

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02-19-2010, 11:15 PM
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How's his play this year?

And how are his stats? are they a reflection of his play?
23-32-55 +28 in 50GP.

I talked to a Wheat Kings fan the other day who was really impressed with him lately. He's been much better since finding consistent line-mates.

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02-20-2010, 12:25 AM
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Pretty fun-loving guy as well..

In his interview tonight

"So tell me Toni, you Aaron and Jay sure have it going lately, whats contributing to that?"

"they dey are old mens, so dey are pretty smart"

on his resurgence with the WKs after the WJC

"I play bad over der, come back over here and am good again"

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02-20-2010, 01:35 AM
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Pretty fun-loving guy as well..

In his interview tonight

"So tell me Toni, you Aaron and Jay sure have it going lately, whats contributing to that?"

"they dey are old mens, so dey are pretty smart"

on his resurgence with the WKs after the WJC

"I play bad over der, come back over here and am good again"
is this true? if so thats hilarious

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02-20-2010, 10:55 AM
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it would be great if someone posted wheat kings game highlights somewhere.

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02-20-2010, 11:45 AM
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Rajala is an intriguening prospect in the sense that he probably wont be playing for the oilers for a long time. It'll be interesting to see how he develops as a player over the next few years. I have no problem with him going back to Finland for a season if he wants to. Hopefully he'll look at coming back to NA though.

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02-20-2010, 01:02 PM
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it would be great if someone posted wheat kings game highlights somewhere.
im pretty sure on the wheat kings website they post game highlights

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02-20-2010, 01:16 PM
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it would be great if someone posted wheat kings game highlights somewhere.
http://www.ebrandon.ca/video.aspx?video_id=1728

Rajala scores a beauty about 3 min mark. Flips puck up while skating around Dman, forehand fake over to backhand. Goalie completely bites on it.

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http://www.ebrandon.ca/video.aspx?video_id=1728

Rajala scores a beauty about 3 min mark. Flips puck up while skating around Dman, forehand fake over to backhand. Goalie completely bites on it.
sick.

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02-21-2010, 12:18 PM
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is this true? if so thats hilarious
It's true.
He also said
"I played bad for 1st half of season, so it was nice to go to WJC and see my friends, of course I played bad der at WJC's"!!!!!

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02-21-2010, 12:48 PM
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http://www.ebrandon.ca/video.aspx?video_id=1728

Rajala scores a beauty about 3 min mark. Flips puck up while skating around Dman, forehand fake over to backhand. Goalie completely bites on it.
That goal is DIRTY

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It's true.
He also said
"I played bad for 1st half of season, so it was nice to go to WJC and see my friends, of course I played bad der at WJC's"!!!!!
haha thats funny, well im sure his english will be better in a few years. just better grammar but thats hilarious.

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02-21-2010, 04:10 PM
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If your looking for Wheat King highlights go to

www.itvbrandon.com
www.wheatkings.com
www.whl.ca

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Pretty fun-loving guy as well..

In his interview tonight

"So tell me Toni, you Aaron and Jay sure have it going lately, whats contributing to that?"

"they dey are old mens, so dey are pretty smart"

on his resurgence with the WKs after the WJC

"I play bad over der, come back over here and am good again"
If he really said that, I already love Rajala. That's hilarious!

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are there any chances he stays in NA next year or does he have to go back to finland? i think playing against men at 19 would be good for his development. then maybe bring him over for a year or two in the ahl

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are there any chances he stays in NA next year or does he have to go back to finland? i think playing against men at 19 would be good for his development. then maybe bring him over for a year or two in the ahl
And why wouldn't another year in the WHL be good for his development?

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