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11-19-2012, 06:37 PM
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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.
I was joking, referencing another thread. Tobias Rieder may have a decent shot since hes a good 2 way player. I dont think Rajala will ever see a minute in the NHL but if he does good for him.

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11-20-2012, 07:29 PM
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Is he really still the same size as when he was drafted? 5'10 163 lbs?

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11-21-2012, 02:18 PM
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interesting thread to go back and read...

Rajala makes his AHL debut today. Was called up to the OKC Barons after Pitlick was injured.

He's ripping up the ECHL so he's going to get a shot in the A.

Reading this thread you would think he'd be a 100 point player in the NHL by now

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Is he really still the same size as when he was drafted? 5'10 163 lbs?
Seems like he hasn't grown what so ever since he was drafted.

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11-21-2012, 02:20 PM
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Is he really still the same size as when he was drafted? 5'10 163 lbs?
Hockeydb has him at 5'9" 154lbs so im guessing 5'10" 163lbs is pretty accurate.

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11-21-2012, 09:39 PM
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Rajala scores in his first AHL game on a play that should've been offside but he made it count.

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11-24-2012, 02:48 PM
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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.
no you are right it's not just because he is small but he is way behind on the development curve at this point.

He is not even a top 6 forward on Oklahoma City, do you really see room for him on Edmontons top 6?

Because he isn't going to make it as a 3rd or 4th line guy like Burrows did.

IMO he see less than a handfull of NHL games if he ever plays.

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11-24-2012, 03:29 PM
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no you are right it's not just because he is small but he is way behind on the development curve at this point.

He is not even a top 6 forward on Oklahoma City, do you really see room for him on Edmontons top 6?

Because he isn't going to make it as a 3rd or 4th line guy like Burrows did.

IMO he see less than a handfull of NHL games if he ever plays.
The odds are against him making it in Edmonton with smaller wingers like Eberle, Yakupov, and Hemsky already ahead of him. That said if he looks like a potential top 6 winger some team will try to acquire him via trade and that'd be fine with me. I missed the last game so I'm looking forward to seeing him today.

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03-11-2013, 03:17 AM
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The kid seems to be doing decently as a rookie in the AHL. Does anyone have any info on this guy. It seems like he has his size working against him to make it to the big leagues.

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03-11-2013, 04:45 AM
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The kid seems to be doing decently as a rookie in the AHL. Does anyone have any info on this guy. It seems like he has his size working against him to make it to the big leagues.
Yeah, he has had a good season in the ECHL and AHL, but the knock on him has always been that he wont hold up in the NHL. Unspectacular seasons from 2009-2012 makes me think that he is still a long shot to be a consistent NHLer, as much as I like seeing small players prove the haters wrong. In the years leading up to the draft, he was a highly touted player but fell on draft day.


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03-19-2013, 06:28 PM
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Good article on his success in the AHL from the OKC Barons.

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-baro...stom_click=rss

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03-20-2013, 03:41 AM
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I really like Rajala, wanted Calgary to pick him up. He is definitely a project and I see his situation much like Loknitov's. The guy is a smaller version of Huselius.

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14+24=38 points and +17 in 40 games in the ahl

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04-11-2013, 01:16 PM
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36 points in 35 games since being called up from the ECHL in early January.

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04-11-2013, 01:25 PM
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Rajala is ugly as hell. But glad he is doing fine.
Looks like Tom Hardy's skinny cousin

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Late bloomer potential?

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04-11-2013, 05:13 PM
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The kid is looking promising. I said it before this year it's way too early to write him off before he's even played an AHL game. Hopefully he keeps it up.. Not sure he has a future here in Edmonton but at the least he's becoming a good prospect that could be included in a package deal.

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The kid is looking promising. I said it before this year it's way too early to write him off before he's even played an AHL game. Hopefully he keeps it up.. Not sure he has a future here in Edmonton but at the least he's becoming a good prospect that could be included in a package deal.
Yeah I really hope he gets traded. For a small skill forward like him any team is better than Edmonton.

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04-11-2013, 10:06 PM
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The kid is looking promising. I said it before this year it's way too early to write him off before he's even played an AHL game. Hopefully he keeps it up.. Not sure he has a future here in Edmonton but at the least he's becoming a good prospect that could be included in a package deal.
If he puts up PPG in the AHL next year I could see another team putting a decently high value on him, would rather keep him for right now and the next 1-2 years rather than get a 3rd for him

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04-11-2013, 10:09 PM
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Part of me feels like the emergence of Rajala kind of pushed Edmonton to trade a guy like Reider for Kessy.

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04-12-2013, 12:31 AM
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Any chance of him getting an NHL shot, if EDM loses their playoff hope?

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04-12-2013, 12:39 AM
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Wow. Just noticed his numbers. Awesome to see. I was pushing hard for the Rangers to take him with their 2nd in 09. Kind of wrote him off after seeing that he was in the ECHL last year.

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Any chance of him getting an NHL shot, if EDM loses their playoff hope?
I doubt it.

The Oilers already have 9 wingers on the roster and Hartikainen would more than likely get the call-up if there's an injury.

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Late bloomer potential?
Id argue he was a guy who peaked (at least in the eyes of scouts) too early. He was a Top 10-15 guy going into his draft year, but his size and complete lack of physical play scared teams away.

He may be blocked in Edmonton though, they got a lot of skilled guys in the wing, and Im not sure Rajala is fit for the bottom two lines.

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04-12-2013, 02:17 PM
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Wow. Just noticed his numbers. Awesome to see. I was pushing hard for the Rangers to take him with their 2nd in 09. Kind of wrote him off after seeing that he was in the ECHL last year.
This year* actually.
His season started off the ECHL when Hall/Eberle/Nuge were down in the OKC, but once the NHL started up Rajala got the call-up and has been doing well ever since.

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I wonder what this kid is thinking. How the hell does not a very skinny hockey player gain any pounds in the past 3 years or so?

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