Question to the Finns - would you consider this year's tournament to be a success?
i suppose, 4th place for the 4th best team
just a shame that we didnt beat Sweden, 2 more minutes and we could have gotten silver
things that bugged me:
MaG was meh
Pulkkinen cant snipe worth a damn, i got kind of sick of the TSN announcer constantly saying "and he hammers it wide" -.-
Aittokallio cant catch the puck
Rookie coach for one of the best WJC teams Finland has had
wish Raipe would have tried something different with the first line
Aittokallio needs to stop playing the puck, he is soooo slow when he does it
Granted this was the first time I've ever seen the Pulkkinen kid but I was not impressed in the least. I just disliked most every part of his game except his physicality which I was not expecting. It's one thing to have the shot but he just didn't have the ability to find the soft spots. That can come with time but with his lack of other puck skills and seemingly ability to think the game, I just didn't like what I seen.
Young D is a year older. Armia and Barkov return...I think Barkov is gonna be a good one...nice frame on that kid.
Yeah, I think our offence really failed so to say and next year we've something like this in top6, almost betting that they'll do better
And a lot of competition for the rest
Defence will be better if everything goes normally and Ullberg should be a good goalie. I think Semifinal is hard to reach but definetly should be able to put a fight for that even if facing some top nation.
There's always been more to Pulkkinen dropping to the 4th than the injuries. Productive player for his age over there though, and probably dropped too far, but is far from a sure thing.
Ruuttu's a 92 so he won't be eligible next year. Finland should look alot similar to the one we've seen the majority of the time at this tournament, gritty low scoring games and solid defense/goaltending. The youth on their D and dynamic abilities of Granlund/Pulkkinen kind of went away from that this year. Not sure if a better team or a top-4 finish, but a different team.
The first line couldn't put up points against the big nations because they don't drive the net.
Its ridiculous how many time Granlund and Pulkkinen would be on a rush and both players would glide in from the blue line, ultimately leading to Granlund passing for a Pulkkinen shot from 45ft with 4 defenders in front of him.
The top teams had the defense capable of eliminating them from the game (easier since they are all on the same line) and the Finland 2nd/3rd lines are weak compared to top teams.
Larsson has been as good as anyone. Brodin with two great breakouts.
Larsson had one bad pass that led to a Russian chance as Larsson tried to go back to the point and had it picked off. He's had 2 chances-one of which was a Koivu-esque...toe dragged to backhand, went wide, and then went hard to net. Larsson has not come close to losing a battle on the baords...but it is the Russians.