Stats updates for Finns in NA (excl. NHL) (AHL, CHL etc.)
I haven't found a website where I could easily check out the stats of Finnish players that are playing in North America excluding the NHL. I hope we could make this thread a place where the information would be easily found. It would also be great if we could gather stats of those Finns playing in Europe who have NHL potential..for example KHL players like Lehterä, Enlund and so on. I'll start with AHL, NCAA and CHL.
Please inform me if I forgot someone and if somebody knows how and has time, please feel free to create a nice table for these stats...
Well it's equally surprising that there are so many Swiss players in NA!
This is absolutely new. Last year's figures and the years before had NOTHING to do with this number !!
15yrs ago ... maybe 1 in NHL or in AHL ! and 1 in junior leagues.
10 yrs ago we had 2 in NHL, 1 in AHL and maybe 2 in junior leagues ... !
last year somthing like 3 in NHL, 3or4 in AHL and 3or4 in junior leagues.
This year it is an explosion ! 3 in NHL, 8 in AHL and 12 in junior leagues.
Found that hartikainen... Was asking where is he first.
I think our juniors many times are perfering to play SM-Liiga over going to AHL. Many young good players there at the moment, who could be in the AHL.. Very many, actually.
Looks good for the swiss and im suprised too, good for them. They allso got a good league, alltought their league playing style isn't as close to NA as SM-Liiga. Happy to see that Swiss are developing and feels like you may allready have passed Slovakia.
CHL - more of an independent pro league with older players who may be more talented than those in the ECHL but who are no longer considered NHL prospects (if they were at all in the past). Of course, this league will produce the odd pro goalie and energy/enforcer types.
Michael Vaskivuo (not sure if he's truly Finnish or not - listed as dual citizen and birth place is St. Petersburg, FL) He did play for Jokerit juniors as well as playing 14 games for Hokki in Mestis in '08-'09 and also played prep school and two years of university hockey in the US.
He is now with the Dayton Gems and has 6 goals with 14 assists in 25 games.