2013 WJC Preview: Finland features solid group of forwards, defensemen
At the 2012 World Junior Championship, much of the focus was on high profile forwards Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen – veterans of previous tournaments who were making one last attempt to win a gold medal. While Finland came up short of that goal, losing to eventual champion Sweden in a shootout in the semifinals, the team's fourth place finish would have to be considered a success.
Finland once again has some high profile forwards, including two that were selected in the first round of the NHL Draft and one who very likely will be next June. But the real strength of Finland's team appears to be its corps of defensemen.… read more
Coaching-wise, veteran Harri Lindell took over for Helminen this year, coaching the team in the Lake Placid summer camp and throughout the fall both in the squad's Mestis exhibition tour and the Four Nations Tournament in Sweden.
There was no tour... They didn't play against Mestis teams, nor did they last year either. And it's Harri Rindell, not Lindell.