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05-29-2007, 10:01 AM
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Finnish Forward Antti Pihlström signed to Preds

Just thought you'd want to know this. One of FEL bronze winning HPK's biggest names.

Here's the news from a Finnish tabloid which is quite reliable, and here are some stats and some information in Finnish.


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What sort of player is he? Which NHL forwards does he compare to?

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Like the coach of Team Finland, Doug Shedden said, " looks like a junior D-player, but hits like a freaking truck."

This guy can flat out fly, and man does he hit!

Improved the other areas of his game during the last two seasons, and with the North American rules, I think he'll be a success.

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Well here's the translation from the year-old player profile. Jatkoaika's annual HPK analysis isn't still ready so I can't quote it yet, and I'm not a spectator of HPK's games myself, so can't help you there:

Career: Born in Vantaa, Pihlström tranfered from Jokerit A-junior team to FEL's Blues in the 02-03 season. Managed to battle his way to the regular line-up, and moved to SaiPa the following season to get more playing time and a boost to his career.

Became a favorite both among the coaches and the fan at a quick rate. That SaiPa season could be well considered to be his breakthrough season, and he totalled in the end a healthy 21 points. There were plenty of takers for him afterwards but he chose to sign with HPK eventually.

Strengths:

Pihlström is a quick, strong and unprejudiced player - you can easily find those elements you need to succeed. Despite his small frame he tackles hard and doesn't avoid a good hassle. As an agitator he's top-notch, cause he gets easily on his opponents' nerves.

Weaknesses:

He must find some calmness playing with the puck. Sometimes he makes decisions too fast. His energetic style of play can sometimes hamper his play's quality.

- This was said a year ago, but this season in HPK he played his best season yet (56GP, 16+22=38) so I guess he found a way to improve those aspects of his game he had to, afterall.

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quick decision making could be good, I hope he is rather dynamic. I could stand another Radu, dont know about you guys....

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quick decision making could be good, I hope he is rather dynamic. I could stand another Radu, dont know about you guys....
Unfortunately the description suggests more of a "Tootoo-type" player than a "Radulov-type" player.

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Unfortunately the description suggests more of a "Tootoo-type" player than a "Radulov-type" player.
Exactly what I was just about to post. I think Pihlstrom will be given every opportunity to come in and push Tootoo for that 4th line role of energy/agitator type player. Pihlstrom certainly doesn't fight like Tootoo, but he is reported to be known for his speed and hits with average offense and sometimes inconsistent defense...therefore...think possibily someone like Ville Nieminen.

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hes future is to be a 4th line forward, but he can also make few goals in a season

he is very very very physical player

mayby some 12 + 12 points in a season

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To all our Finnish posters, thanks for the info!

My question is whether you think he would be willing to open the season in Milwaukee (AHL) if he is not selected for the NHL roster out of training camp?

He appears to be relatively young and seems like he could provide good depth for our bottom two lines at the NHL level maybe as soon as this season. Do you think that he is NHL ready and if not, do you think he is open to playing in the minor leagues?

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How big is he?

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To all our Finnish posters, thanks for the info!

My question is whether you think he would be willing to open the season in Milwaukee (AHL) if he is not selected for the NHL roster out of training camp?

He appears to be relatively young and seems like he could provide good depth for our bottom two lines at the NHL level maybe as soon as this season. Do you think that he is NHL ready and if not, do you think he is open to playing in the minor leagues?
I would think he's willing to play in AHL. He's fast, dynamic.. Someone here in Finland called him a poor mans Lehtinen, which is quite accurate.

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I'm very glad that Pihlström got the contract...my favourite player outside my own team.

Here is few videos of the kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmLfwsnBGco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK17lhsE4Ec
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUfdE6W_v_s

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How big is he?
He's 5'11 - ~190lbs

I dont think he's that big hitter, more like defensive two-way if there's something like that..

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I dont think he's that big hitter,

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Sorry, not that excited about this, we did the small grinders, it didn't work we need size.

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He's 5'11 - ~190lbs

I dont think he's that big hitter, more like defensive two-way if there's something like that..
You're not thinking of Janne Lahti, who signed with the Habs, are you?

He will defenetly go down to the AHL if needed, that's my guess.

BTW, he was on the roster in the WC-Silver winning team, but wasn't dressed for a single game.

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To all our Finnish posters, thanks for the info!

My question is whether you think he would be willing to open the season in Milwaukee (AHL) if he is not selected for the NHL roster out of training camp?

He appears to be relatively young and seems like he could provide good depth for our bottom two lines at the NHL level maybe as soon as this season. Do you think that he is NHL ready and if not, do you think he is open to playing in the minor leagues?
He has a 2 year deal, he will play in North America, no matter what.

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Sorry, not that excited about this, we did the small grinders, it didn't work we need size.
You don't need speedy winger with ok hands and ability to hit?

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I'm sorry are you talking about Vern Fiddler, Scott Nichol or Jordin Tootoo?

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You don't need speedy winger with ok hands and ability to hit?
Common sentiment around here is that we need to get bigger and much more physical on our third and fourth lines.

I for one want speedy, two-way players that finish their checks, are defensively responsible, and can chip in the occasional goal or two. Do we need more size? Definitely, but size doesn't grow on trees and I'm glad to see us restocking the system with quality depth players who are going to push our current crop of vets who've settled in on those bottom two lines.

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I'm sorry are you talking about Vern Fiddler, Scott Nichol or Jordin Tootoo?
Those are the guys I want to see pushed and either have them step up their game to a higher level on a consistent basis or be replaced by someone who can.

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Tootoo is a pretty good NHL comparison for Pihlström. One of everyones favorite players for HPK. Pihlström has excellent speed and acceleration. He'll easily blow by slower D; one of my favorite memories of last season is Pihlström completely undressing Sami Helenius and scoring easily.

Pihlström is a huuuuuuge hitter, one of the best in the SM-liiga - and by far the most active. If he gets any type of ice time he'll lead any team in hits recorded. Even though he's not that big he'll hit anybody - even if he might land on his behind a time or two.

As you saw from the clips (btw, in white in the first, yellow in the second) he's not afraid to drop the gloves if necessary.

But what got him noticed and called up to the WC squad was his skills and energy. 38 points in SM-liiga with marginal PP ice time is a very good points total for a guy like Pihlström. Quick hands and decent puck control; and of course when you can come at 100 mph down the wing you'll get your share of scoring chances.

I think Pihlström definitely has a chance to crack the lineup. He won't be a first liner but a high energy hitter with enough skills to score here and there. He might be 5'11'' but he plays like he's 6'4'' so I don't see the "size issue" with him.

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Common sentiment around here is that we need to get bigger and much more physical on our third and fourth lines.

I for one want speedy, two-way players that finish their checks, are defensively responsible, and can chip in the occasional goal or two. Do we need more size? Definitely, but size doesn't grow on trees and I'm glad to see us restocking the system with quality depth players who are going to push our current crop of vets who've settled in on those bottom two lines.
We need to trade for Dustin Penner. This guy can dominate games.

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We need to trade for Dustin Penner. This guy can dominate games.
and would cost us an arm and a leg. We don't need to trade for Penner, we need to re-sign our own...Scott Hartnell.

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and would cost us an arm and a leg. We don't need to trade for Penner, we need to re-sign our own...Scott Hartnell.
Agreed.

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