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08-01-2012, 11:22 AM
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According to Jokerit's Twitter, Lindbohm will not travel with the U-20 team to Lake Placid. He hasn't recovered fully yet from injury.
It seems that:

Petteri Lindbohm -> Niklas Tikkinen
Markus Granlund -> Robert Leino

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08-02-2012, 04:03 AM
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A little off topic, but where has the thread in jatkoaika gone? I remember they had similar topic about the upcoming WJC?

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08-02-2012, 04:04 AM
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It seems that:

Petteri Lindbohm -> Niklas Tikkinen
Markus Granlund -> Robert Leino
Is Markus also injured?

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A little off topic, but where has the thread in jatkoaika gone? I remember they had similar topic about the upcoming WJC?
http://keskustelu.jatkoaika.com/showthread.php?t=51616

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08-02-2012, 09:00 AM
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So Lindbohm injured and they still didn't take Vainonen.....

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i think tomek valtonen just dont like HIFK players for some reason

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i think tomek valtonen just dont like HIFK players for some reason
I think that's half the truth. I really hope so!

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08-07-2012, 06:42 PM
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Looking very promising...

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i know that is not right theard or time but Niklas Hagman just say todays Seiska magazine that hes not gona play national team next season becouse he wants to spend more time whit his family so his not coming to EHT or WC...

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Looking very promising...
Pretty much as promising as last year.

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08-13-2012, 05:03 PM
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I watched the last three Team Finland’s games (3rd, 4th and 5th) at Lake Placid from Fasthockey, some random thoughts:

- Not sure, but the ice surface seemed slightly bigger than in previous years, I believe they played at the Herb Brooks Arena?

- Team Finland had the youngest team and also the toughest schedule in this event.

- They weren’t hugely outplayed or outshot in the games I watched, this is an improvement over the last two seasons.

- Sweden and USA have very good depth, so Finland missing few key players had an impact to the games. Granlund was out from the whole event, Salomäki only played in the first(?) and the last game, Barkov and Pokka didn’t dress for the 4th game and so on.

- I believe that the team will be more competitive once (and if) all the top guys are available and less experienced guys get games with men (Players from Sweden, USA and Canada are on average better adapted to tougher games in their juniors leagues so they have an early advantage). Canada, Sweden, USA and Russia are the favourites, but I believe that the medal rounds are a possibility for this team. They already have plenty of good pieces to build around, the coaching staff just needs to find a few additional players who are truly capable of competing at this level.

- The coaching experimented with different line combos quite a bit, nice to see that everything isn’t set in stone at this point.

- Aaltonen is clearly in a good pre-season shape, will be interesting to see whether he’s able to continue his good form in SM-liiga.

- Teräväinen, let’s just say that I was expecting slightly more from him. Some nice plays, but overall a disappointment, luckily it’s just pre-season. Some of the fancy plays were ineffective, caused a few unnecessary turnovers, didn’t get the power play running, a bit soft on the puck and at times had some trouble withstanding contact/pressure. He was benched alongside with Armia for the 3rd period of the 4th game.

- Lehkonen displayed good decision making, and ability to handle and move the puck. Played well in short handed situations and showed good backchecking. It’s definitely a positive for this team that he’s not afraid to shoot.

- Leino played well considering that he was a late addition to the roster (replaced Granlund). Able to play all forward positions in all situations. Skill aspect has always been in his game, but now he looks stronger, faster and better, just needs to get more experience from tougher games (=play against men either in SM-liiga or Mestis).

- I liked what I saw from Hännikäinen, mostly good decisions with the puck, always played for the team and was solid on short handed situations. His skating still looks a bit awkward and he doesn’t have enough creativity or puck skills to be a big offensive threat, but still a valuable player for the team.

- Kallela seemed a bit underpowered for this level of competition, played plenty with the top guys but was always the weakest link. Decent play with the puck and might be an alternative for the 3rd line if there are injuries.

- I wasn’t overly impressed by Liedes, Nyberg or Lamberg, hopefully the coaching staff is able to find better 4th line forwards. Advancing the play on a more consistent basis would be beneficial for the team, these guys were unable to do it.

- Didn’t notice Salminen on the ice, either he played very little or didn’t play at all in the games that I watched (last three).

- Ristolainen and Määttä played together quite a bit, that would be a nice 1st pairing, could easily play 25 minutes a game and be competitive. Ristolainen played with an edge and took a few too many penalties because of it, something to work on.

- Lindell has improved his skating and physique a bit during the summer, and training with men has helped (and will continue to help) his defensive game to improve. He seemed to play a lot as a 2nd pairing guy, so I’m guessing he’s a likely 4th/5th defenseman for the WJC team. Lindell-Pokka won’t be the most agile pairing, but that’s probably our 2nd pairing right now, like it or not.

- Valkonen looked like a solid shutdown D, battled hard and showed a good physical presence on the ice. Seems like a likely addition to the WJC team in a depth role, for me he’s a good 5th/6th defenseman every day of the week.

- Lindbohm didn’t play in this event because of an injury, but I have a hunch that he has a fairly good chance of making this team as a physical 6th/7th defenseman. There are several decent alternatives for the last D spots and I guess it comes down to which guys get proper ice time in SM-liiga and Mestis.

- Goaltending needs to improve a bit from this event, but that’s nothing new when looking at previous years. Ullberg can make some big saves, but consistency is a bit of a concern. Needs to learn to read the play a bit better and reduce the number of soft goals. He will probably be one of the two goalies, hard to say whether that’s as a starter or a back-up. Will be interesting to see where and how much Ullberg, Korpisalo, Perhonen, Juvonen and others get to play, that might be decisive.

- I guess that Granlund, Salomäki, Armia, Aaltonen, Teräväinen, Barkov, J.Ikonen and Lehkonen could all play in a top-6 role and not look terribly out of place, it’s up to the coaches to decide which combos are suitable for the team. Lehkonen played as a 3rd liner quite a bit in this event, so that might be an indicator of what his role is going to be. Leino and Hännikäinen could play in a 3rd/4th line role depending on what the team needs are.

- I have mixed feelings about Ikonen and I’m not quite sure what to write about him. He’s a good passer and able to move the puck fast, therefore in theory he’s a suitable guy for playing with other skilled players. I’m just not sure if he’s what this team needs the most in top-6, Armia, Granlund and Teräväinen aren’t the most consistent guys out there, and Salomäki, Aaltonen and Barkov would provide much needed stability far better than young lightweight Ikonen. He was a bit of a non-factor at times, but still brought some offence to the team. He could be useful as a 2nd or 3rd line right winger, but if all the top forwards are healthy he might see limited ice time or even end up being the 13th forward. I’m guessing that he’s a likely but not certain addition to the WJC team at this point.

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Barkov, Aaltonen, Salomäki, Granlund, Teräväinen, Leino could all play centre forward without much trouble, so possible line combos seem almost endless. Players without brackets are likely choices (more or less) for the WJC’s IMO:

Markus Granlund - Miro Aaltonen - Joel Armia
Teuvo Teräväinen - Aleksander Barkov - Miikka Salomäki
Markus Hännikäinen - Robert Leino - Artturi Lehkonen
(xxxxxxxxx) - (yyyyyyyyy) - (zzzzzzzzz)
Juuso Ikonen

Olli Määttä - Rasmus Ristolainen
Esa Lindell - Ville Pokka
Joonas Valkonen - (ååååååååå)
(Petteri Lindbohm)

(Richard Ullberg)
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08-15-2012, 04:00 PM
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^ Yes, the rink was Olympic sized. Probably because of the upcoming WJC on big ice.

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08-22-2012, 12:50 PM
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Team for tourny in Czech has been selected. It's totally different team than in Lake Placid.

Seems weird that he didnt select not even one player from Lake Placid.



Goalies:
32 Joonas Korpisalo, Jokerit
33 Samu Perhonen, JYP-Akatemia

Defensemen:
4 Petteri Lindbohm, Jokerit
7 Roni Rukajärvi, Jukurit
9 Juuso Riikola, KalPa
37 Patrik Parkkonen, Ässät
38 Juuso Vainio, HPK
39 Niklas Friman, TPS
40 Otso Rantakari, Jokerit

Forwards:
11 Markus Granlund, HIFK
14 Matti Lamberg, Jokerit
20 Teemu Henritius, Jokerit
23 Saku Salminen, Jokerit
25 Henrik Haapala, Tappara
25 Rasmus Kulmala, TPS
36 Nico Nyberg, Blues
41 Aleksi Rekonen, Jokerit
42 Topi Nättinen, JYP-Akatemia
43 Joona Harjama, KalPa
44 Joonas Huovinen, Kärpät
45 Ville Järveläinen, Peliitat
46 Thomas Nykopp, HIFK

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08-22-2012, 12:55 PM
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Seems weird that he didnt select not even one player from Lake Placid.
Lamberg and Nyberg did play in Lake Placid, not quite sure about Salminen.

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The team for the Czech tournament looks suprisingly decent, considering that it is essentially a B-team. Not a lot of high-end talent but it does show that this age group has depth.

Lindbohm has been solid for Jokerit in the ET and I am expecting him to be the next breakout player for Jokerit.

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Hmm still not Vainonen. Is he injured? And will he play in Kingston next season?

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08-23-2012, 08:54 AM
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Hmm still not Vainonen. Is he injured? And will he play in Kingston next season?
Him and Henri Ikonen left for Kingston today.

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09-01-2012, 04:50 AM
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Parkkonen has been a pleasant pre-season surprise for Ässät and will likely start the season in FEL top 6 instead of U20-team. Might be a surprise pick to WJC-team.

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Artturi Lehkonen is looking gooooooood! Easily KalPa's MVP against JYP. He is looking like a first rounder, for sure.

Might as well upgrade my predictions:

Toni Kallela - Markus Granlund - Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen - Teuvo Teräväinen - Miikka Salomäki
Miro Aaltonen - Aleksander Barkov - Juuso Ikonen
Rasmus Kulmala - Teemu Henritius - Markus Hännikäinen
Henrik Haapala/Robert Leino

Olli Määttä - Rasmus Ristolainen
Joonas Valkonen - Ville Pokka
Esa Lindell - Mikko Vainonen
Petteri Lindbohm/Mikko Lehtonen

Richard Ullberg
Samu Perhonen
Joonas Korpisalo


Toni Kallela could be a potential wildcard. If he plays the whole season in SapKo's top6, he could develop by leaps and bounds.


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09-18-2012, 11:18 AM
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Looks good, but if Haapala keeps that pace in SM-Liiga he has to be a top 9 forward.

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Henritius injured his achilles tendon so he could be out for several months. Interesting to see how this changes things:

Kulmala - Leino - Hännikäinen
Lamberg - Kulmala - Hännikäinen
H. Ikonen - Kulmala - Hännikäinen

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Looks good, but if Haapala keeps that pace in SM-Liiga he has to be a top 9 forward.
I agree. Top 9 has two spots open and Kallela, Haapala, Leino & J.Ikonen are the most likely candidates. Right now Haapala is looking very good but season has just started. However, you could build interesting combinations around Barkov:

Aaltonen - Barkov - Ikonen (Barkov and Ikonen have played together in U18's, Aaltonen & Ikonen play together in Blues)
Aaltonen - Barkov - Haapala (Haapala & Barkov are playing together ATM, Aaltonen & Barkov played together at previous WJC)
Haapala - Barkov - Ikonen (Haapala-Barkov & Barkov-Ikonen tandems, lacks grit?)


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Niklas Tikkinen (-94) had pretty impressive debut against SaiPa (0+2, +2, 16.20). He played with Jani Hakanpää and looked pretty solid.

Our defense is looking good this year and next year it's probably even better.

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Niklas Tikkinen (-94) had pretty impressive debut against SaiPa (0+2, +2, 16.20). He played with Jani Hakanpää and looked pretty solid.

Our defense is looking good this year and next year it's probably even better.
Why did he made his debut now? Was someone injured or..?

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Lamberg and Salminen have both 1+1 after the first period against TPS.

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TPS legs are still in the bus and their play in the defensive zone is awful. That Jokerit 4th line has a lot of drive in their game, nice to watch.

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