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RW Artturi Lehkonen - KalPa, SM-Liiga (2013, 55th overall, Montreal)

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10-05-2012, 01:27 PM
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I saw around 10 games from him last season. Here are some impressions that I got:

+ Very eager to score goals. Always looking for open space to shoot and likes to shoot quickly when he gets the puck. Has a goal scorer's mentality.
+ Very hard-working player.
+ Doesn't shy from contact despite his size. If he gets knocked down, he's back up in half a second and ready to fight for the puck again. Really looks like a fearless player.

- Size, but that's natural when you enter the league at 16. I think he's listed at 5'10 and 152 pounds(!), so he has a lot of muscle to build up. But it's probably better to wait a bit and develop strength a bit later so you don't lose mobility.

I don't really remember his playmaking abilities.

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10-05-2012, 10:03 PM
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Would Sami Kapanen be comparable to Lehkonen?

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10-05-2012, 11:01 PM
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Would Sami Kapanen be comparable to Lehkonen?
No. Kapanen is hard working two way forward with good offence and perfect skating. Lehkonen is excellent goalscorer and his thing is primarily scoring goals. Selänne is better comparison.

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I saw around 10 games from him last season. Here are some impressions that I got:

+ Very eager to score goals. Always looking for open space to shoot and likes to shoot quickly when he gets the puck. Has a goal scorer's mentality.
+ Very hard-working player.
+ Doesn't shy from contact despite his size. If he gets knocked down, he's back up in half a second and ready to fight for the puck again. Really looks like a fearless player.

- Size, but that's natural when you enter the league at 16. I think he's listed at 5'10 and 152 pounds(!), so he has a lot of muscle to build up. But it's probably better to wait a bit and develop strength a bit later so you don't lose mobility.

I don't really remember his playmaking abilities.
True, he can add muscle later, that is still something he will need to do. I know other people had difference preferences, but for me, I would be scared silly using a first round pick of a small AND weak player. Obviously, some other posters really like his skillset, but for me, those lack of physical traits scare me.

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10-06-2012, 12:00 AM
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True, he can add muscle later, that is still something he will need to do. I know other people had difference preferences, but for me, I would be scared silly using a first round pick of a small AND weak player. Obviously, some other posters really like his skillset, but for me, those lack of physical traits scare me.
People probably thought the same thing about Tyler Ennis back in 2008. And he's still small and weak ( listed at 5'9" 157lbs on NHL.com). Didn't stop him form being successful. If the skill set and the work ethic is there, size doesn't matter that much.

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10-06-2012, 10:09 AM
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Playing pretty well, seems like wasn't bad concussion. Just got an assist for Craig Smith's goal.

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10-06-2012, 10:54 AM
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Love the compete level of Lehkonen. Fearless and he gives his all in puck fights.

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10-08-2012, 03:04 PM
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ISS seems to be liking Lehkonen quite a bit, if my info is correct, he was 20th last month but has now been moved up to 12th. Seems a bit high, or no?

EDIT, looking at ISS website they had Lehkonen 11th in their previous ranking. They must have moved him up already a while back, but dropped him a spot becuase Drouin is on the rise as well.


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10-09-2012, 02:27 AM
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True, he can add muscle later, that is still something he will need to do. I know other people had difference preferences, but for me, I would be scared silly using a first round pick of a small AND weak player. Obviously, some other posters really like his skillset, but for me, those lack of physical traits scare me.
Lehkonen´s father is a former Sm-liiga coach and he has strong opinions regarding weight training especially for the younger players and it seems pretty obvious that Artturi is training with his fathers methods. It basically means that there is no sense in bulking up 5-7 kilos during the summer, because your mobility and the endurance of the muscle suffers from it. Its better to improve your muscle strenght bit by bit and keep your body healthy.

So the way I see it, Artturi Lehkonen has much more room to grow physical-wise, which is a positive thing. And it isnt like he is weak or anything, he seems very well balanced player already. He would not score at this pace otherwise.

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10-09-2012, 03:36 AM
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And Lehkonen doesn't lack physicality at all. He is pretty small guy on the ice but he likes to play the body. He has already laid a couple of huge hits in SM-liiga. His style of play reminds me a little bit of Taylor Hall. He is fearless player on the ice.

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10-09-2012, 05:18 AM
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I stated it before that his style reminds me from european version of Zach Parise. Same style but Lehkonen isn't as heavily north and south player than Zach is.

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And Lehkonen doesn't lack physicality at all. He is pretty small guy on the ice but he likes to play the body. He has already laid a couple of huge hits in SM-liiga. His style of play reminds me a little bit of Taylor Hall. He is fearless player on the ice.
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I stated it before that his style reminds me from european version of Zach Parise. Same style but Lehkonen isn't as heavily north and south player than Zach is.
Pretty accurate comparisons. I personally think he's kinda mix of both.

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10-11-2012, 02:43 PM
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ISS seems to be liking Lehkonen quite a bit, if my info is correct, he was 20th last month but has now been moved up to 12th. Seems a bit high, or no?
where are you getting that new ranking btw?

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where are you getting that new ranking btw?
ISS September top-30 can be found from here.

Apparently their latest top-10 (October 8th):
1. MacKinnon, Nathan
2. Jones, Seth
3. Barkov, Sasha
4. Monahan, Sean
5. Lazar, Curtis
6. Burakowsky, Andre
7. Ristolainen, Rasmus
8. Shinkaruk, Hunter
9. Drouin, Jonathan
10. Lindholm, Elias
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12. Lehkonen, Artturi

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ISS September top-30 can be found from here.
yeah, that's all i could find, besides their home page.


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Apparently their latest top-10 (October 8th):
1. MacKinnon, Nathan
2. Jones, Seth
3. Barkov, Sasha
4. Monahan, Sean
5. Lazar, Curtis
6. Burakowsky, Andre
7. Ristolainen, Rasmus
8. Shinkaruk, Hunter
9. Drouin, Jonathan
10. Lindholm, Elias
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12. Lehkonen, Artturi
thx for this

i have to say i'm floored by Burakowsky still 4 spots higher than Lindholm.

Also weird they dropped Nichushkin by 10 spots or something after he enjoyed a good start to the season (i guess they misplaced him in the first place).

Trying to stay in topic.. Lehkonen has looked to me like a different player from the one i saw back at the U18. Not sure if he wasn't 100% at the U18 (i know he had very good numbers, i'm talking about his overall game), or it's just a case of a prospect taking that huge step forward in a matter of a few months.

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Trying to stay in topic.. Lehkonen has looked to me like a different player from the one i saw back at the U18. Not sure if he wasn't 100% at the U18 (i know he had very good numbers, i'm talking about his overall game), or it's just a case of a prospect taking that huge step forward in a matter of a few months.
Lehkonen has developed physically a bit later than some of the other Finns in this draft class, so there was still room for a fairly notable improvement. I also think that some of the things he’s good at are clearly advantageous no matter what the level of play is, this has made it easier for him to adapt to higher level of play. He’s not the flashiest or the strongest player, but nonetheless quite effective.

For me personally ranking him at 12 seems a bit high, but then again I don’t have a good overview of this draft class, so perhaps there’s a clear drop off after the top guys.


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I think him ranked as 12. is a bit high, but not absurd. I think he will go between 20-30 in the draft, unless he keeps that scoring pace he might go at around 10-15.

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Has now 16gp 6+6=12, 4pm, +4, 14.31TOI

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I'm surprised no one hasn't stated that Lehkonen was the best point scorer in the U-20 four nation tournament in Sundsvall. His points were 3gp 3+1=4. Barkov and Lindholm had three points.

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I'm surprised no one hasn't stated that Lehkonen was the best point scorer in the U-20 four nation tournament in Sundsvall. His points were 3gp 3+1=4. Barkov and Lindholm had three points.
Yet he was one of the youngest players to participate.

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Lehkonen will play today with Sakari Salminen and NYR C Derek Stepan in the top line.

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Lehkonen will play today with Sakari Salminen and NYR C Derek Stepan in the top line.
That line has pretty good potential

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Craig Button is watching him in Kuopio today

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Well, well things you're lucky to see. Artturi Lehkonen with a great 1-1 move at high speed & beats Rasmus Ristolainen & buries it #Good&Bad

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Craig Button is watching him in Kuopio today
The guy in the radio was jumping through the roof because of that goal.

I'm expecting a video!

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I'm really curious about this kid! Can't wait to see his goal from today that Button's talking about.

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