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09-17-2012, 01:16 PM
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Rajalas 2011-2012 scoring would translate into AHL stats as 25g+20a=45p in 80 games.
that's fine and well, but a big strong, tough forward named J.F.Jacques scored well, points wise, in junior and scored well, points wise, in the AHL, but when he got to the NHL....he was hard pressed to score anything, was on the Oilers 4th line most nights when he was playing at all, and now continues to struggle to play NHL hockey. players playing in Europe, juniors and the AHL doesn't necessarily mean it will equate into a successful NHL career.

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09-17-2012, 04:51 PM
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What is Rajala doing in the AHL? European hockey suits him much better-.

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09-17-2012, 07:06 PM
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that's fine and well, but a big strong, tough forward named J.F.Jacques scored well, points wise, in junior and scored well, points wise, in the AHL, but when he got to the NHL....he was hard pressed to score anything, was on the Oilers 4th line most nights when he was playing at all, and now continues to struggle to play NHL hockey. players playing in Europe, juniors and the AHL doesn't necessarily mean it will equate into a successful NHL career.
Yes, and there's also players who do good in juniors and still do good in the NHL also. There's also players who don't put up good stats in juniors or the AHL and turn into very good players. Give the kid a chance in NA again before we write him off.

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09-18-2012, 09:44 AM
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What is Rajala doing in the AHL? European hockey suits him much better-.
Well he hasn't even shown that to be true. Not even close to a star player in SM-liiga.

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10-09-2012, 03:59 AM
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Rajala will spend the season in ECHL, was sent to Stockton Thunder... I just tell you, he's screwing up his career. ECHL will only make him worse player. Lack of competition and game tactics is bad combination.

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10-09-2012, 07:15 AM
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Rajala will spend the season in ECHL, was sent to Stockton Thunder... I just tell you, he's screwing up his career. ECHL will only make him worse player. Lack of competition and game tactics is bad combination.
AHL is so stacked this year, no room for him unless he really steps up.

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11-09-2012, 07:46 AM
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Bump 11 pts in 9 games so far in Stockton on 6 g +5 a. Better ppg average than Brandon Dubinsky.

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Bump 11 pts in 9 games so far in Stockton on 6 g +5 a. Better ppg average than Brandon Dubinsky.
It's well known that he shines against lesser competition, but I honestly dont think that ECHL will do any good to him. If he cant crack the AHL-roster, would have been better to stay in Finland and play in SM-liiga.

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It's well known that he shines against lesser competition, but I honestly dont think that ECHL will do any good to him. If he cant crack the AHL-roster, would have been better to stay in Finland and play in SM-liiga.
They making him to go through harder route, in the end it will pay out if Rajala want's it bad enough he will succeed on it.

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It's well known that he shines against lesser competition, but I honestly dont think that ECHL will do any good to him. If he cant crack the AHL-roster, would have been better to stay in Finland and play in SM-liiga.
To play on the worst team in the league? Yeah that will do him a ton of good...If anything this little stint will make him a more effective european player in the future if he manages to start to play fearless and gain some strength.

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11-09-2012, 08:03 AM
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It's well known that he shines against lesser competition, but I honestly dont think that ECHL will do any good to him. If he cant crack the AHL-roster, would have been better to stay in Finland and play in SM-liiga.
It's not so easy to crack an AHL roster this year, especially a stacked one like OKC. If he keeps producing like this they'll probably have to have a look at him in the A

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11-09-2012, 10:05 AM
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It's not so easy to crack an AHL roster this year, especially a stacked one like OKC. If he keeps producing like this they'll probably have to have a look at him in the A
If the lockout ends and Hall, RNH, Eberle, Paajarvi and Hartikainen all head for the big club then he will definately be given an ample opportunity with Oklahoma.

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11-16-2012, 09:20 AM
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looks like hes doing pretty good at ECHL 17 points in 12 games good for him

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Bump up to the AHL soon?

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11-16-2012, 12:27 PM
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Bump up to the AHL soon?
I hope so. Drop Curtis Hamilton and give Rajala the chance.

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Give Rajala the chance.
I have given up all hopes on Rajala to become an NHLer. Maybe he'll play in the ECHL for the rest of his career and get a couple of call ups to the AHL.

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11-18-2012, 10:17 PM
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Well another bump to this:
14gp 11g 12a 23p, guy is doing pretty well at this point, hopefully gets the call up to the AHL soon.

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11-18-2012, 10:38 PM
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THE GUY WHO BROKE OVECHKIN'S RECORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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11-19-2012, 01:39 AM
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Just another guy who failed to live up to the hype.

Not very surprising given his size.

He has zero chance of every playing in more than a handfull of NHL games IMO.

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11-19-2012, 11:00 AM
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Just another guy who failed to live up to the hype.

Not very surprising given his size.

He has zero chance of every playing in more than a handfull of NHL games IMO.
What, did your crystal ball tell you that? Last time I checked Alex Burrows spent his first season in the ECHL at age....omg, 21. That's the same age as Rajala right now. Some guys take longer to get there, and just because he's small doesn't mean he won't.

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Surprising start by Andreas Rajala. Way to go Toni, Step by step...

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11-19-2012, 11:09 AM
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Was Toni Rajala the steal of the draft?

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11-19-2012, 11:47 AM
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Just another guy who failed to live up to the hype.

Not very surprising given his size.

He has zero chance of every playing in more than a handfull of NHL games IMO.
By size I'm assuming you mean weight? Since there's much shorter guys than him making a living in the NHL, he's the same height as Patrick Kane.

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11-19-2012, 01:13 PM
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Was Toni Rajala the steal of the draft?
perhaps, along with Tobias Rieder in another draft. they both may be a bit on the small side, but i'd like to give both a chance with the Oilers before we all write them off.

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