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06-26-2012, 01:09 PM
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I wonder if goes back to Finland to play pro in the 13-14 season.

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06-29-2012, 02:32 PM
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Isn't he able to go AHL as he already played pro in Finland?

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06-29-2012, 02:40 PM
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Isn't he able to go AHL as he already played pro in Finland?
No, if you're drafted out of the CHL then you're not eligible for the AHL until you've played 4 seasons or turned 20 whichever comes first.

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06-29-2012, 03:14 PM
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What about his mandatory army service in Finland? They still have conscription there. Can/will he get around that somehow?

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06-29-2012, 03:22 PM
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What about his mandatory army service in Finland? They still have conscription there. Can/will he get around that somehow?
Good point, He isn't eligible until he's 19 so maybe he'll go back to Finland for a year after the 12-13 season. According to wikipedia Mikael Granlund stayed in Finland for 11-12 season to complete his conscription.

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06-29-2012, 05:30 PM
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Maatta isn't elligible for the army on account of his severe rickets.

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06-29-2012, 05:39 PM
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Watched him in the Memorial Cup, but that's it.

So happy when we got him, because from what I saw, he was a complete boss on D. His positioning is pretty stellar.

I would be ecstatic if he would be allowed to hop right in on our defense(he has that potential), but I know the chances of that are next to zero. Obviously, there would be a learning curve, but this guy is a serious talent. It's a shame to send him back to London for another season when our defense might be terrible.

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06-29-2012, 05:46 PM
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Don't think he's as physical and probably a better skater. Sounds a bit like a Poor Man's Kimmo Timonen.
Take out the "poor man's" and you are spot on.

I was certain the Flyers were going to grab him and make me hate him. Thank God they didn't.

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06-29-2012, 06:31 PM
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Take out the "poor man's" and you are spot on.

I was certain the Flyers were going to grab him and make me hate him. Thank God they didn't.
you think he'll have Kimmo's offence?

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06-29-2012, 06:57 PM
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you think he'll have Kimmo's offence?

Obviously it's too early to say, but at this point I would say "not quite".


Maatta has a great shot, and he's got poise with the puck at the blueline on the PP, but I don't think he's quite as smooth & efficient as Kimmo, and as I mentioned before, he often makes high-risk/questionable passes that get picked off.


We'll see how he develops as he matures. He definitely has very high upside, but may not be as likely to reach it as guys like Pouliot or Morrow. I would say, however, that he probably has more pure offensive upside than Despres.

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06-29-2012, 07:05 PM
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I have always thought that Kimmo Timonen was one of the most overrated defensemen in the league.

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I have always thought that Kimmo Timonen was one of the most overrated defensemen in the league.
Same here.

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06-29-2012, 07:30 PM
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Maybe because Kimmo is old.

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Maybe because Kimmo is old.
I think he's been overrated even since his Nashville days.

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I love the pick, if for nothing else, because of his Engblom-esque hair.

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06-29-2012, 07:39 PM
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well Määttä is more like Numminen anyways.

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I have always thought that Kimmo Timonen was one of the most overrated defensemen in the league.

I don`t think he`s overrated by people in the hockey media or profession -- perhaps by Philly fans only. He`s not, nor ever has been, a Norris candidate, but he`s he would be an amazing 2nd pairing Dman and can go up against some really good players. In fact, wasn`t it Sid who recentlfy said Timonen was one of the hardest Dman to play against?


Anyway, the only thing that`s probably kept Timonen from being an elite #1 guy is because he`s not 6`2, 200+lbs. Olli Maatta is 6`2 and 200+lbs, and if we`re comparing him to Kimmo Timonen, that would be a pretty awesome player. I`ll be thrilled if that`s how he develops, considering he`s not even one of our top 2 or 3 Dman prospects.

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06-29-2012, 07:42 PM
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In fact, wasn`t it Sid who recentlfy said Timonen was one of the hardest Dman to play against?
I think he said Regehr.

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06-29-2012, 07:46 PM
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Timmonen is a very good player. At least, was. If Maatta is near as good as Timmonen, we should all be thrilled.

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I think he said Regehr.

Yeah it was Regehr, who Harrison Ruopp reminds me a lot of

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If Maatta becamse a "bigger Timonen", I'd be more than happy with that.

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Has anyone seen old games of Gonch when he was more of defensive defenseman for Russia? Olli kind of reminds me of him back then. He kind of has that Gonch face too.

I'm still sticking to a post TB Hamrlik type.

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06-30-2012, 11:37 AM
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Maatta only needs one thing to become a legend:


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12-20-2012, 08:38 PM
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Could anybody provide an assessment of Maatta thus far in the WJC? I believe he had an excellent game aainst Team Canada yesterday...

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Huh? The actual games that count haven't even started.

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