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02-25-2012, 01:57 PM
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What do you think of Joonas Nattinen? (M. Brunet article)

M. Brunet on Joonas Nattinen

He usually has a fair eye for prospect. Anyone seen him play in those last 5-6 games?

Obviously enough, I hunger for good news!

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He's only 21.. I like him a lot. I think for him to finish this year, have 2 more years in Hamilton and by the time he's 23-24 I think he'll be ready to be a roster spot NHLer

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Future 4th liner in the NHL IMO.

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Anyone know why they turned him into a winger, considering he's a natural center and apparently strong on faceoffs?

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Anyone know why they turned him into a winger, considering he's a natural center and apparently strong on faceoffs?
In the article, Clément Jodoin says that he was turned into a winger because "we need big, strong, physical wingers to go into the corners and win board battles".

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- Big
- Able to win faceoffs
= Conversion to Wing.

No sense whatsoever.

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Wasn't his protential a 3rd line center in the NHL? Sort of like what Eller currently is to us?

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Wasn't his protential a 3rd line center in the NHL? Sort of like what Eller currently is to us?
...Yeah, pretty much, except that, from what I've seen, Naatinen is more geared toward goalscoring, less toward playmaking, compared to Eller actually. Naatinen isn't overly aggressive, so not sure the Bot-6 wings spots are ideal.

(Forget Eller's current ratio -- Eller is much more a playmaker than anything else).

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I gotta admit, i was very puzzled why we signed a guy who basically had 3 assists in like 3 seasons in Finland, but he looks like he found his game here in NA. He's been on fire and I hope it continues. He and Enqvist might be pleasant surprises.

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Joonas Nattinen - Michel Bournival - Blake Geoffrion

That might be a pretty solid 3rd line one day.

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I gotta admit, i was very puzzled why we signed a guy who basically had 3 assists in like 3 seasons in Finland, but he looks like he found his game here in NA. He's been on fire and I hope it continues. He and Enqvist might be pleasant surprises.
He was pretty much playing 3rd/4th line only in the Finnish SM-Liiga..

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So pretty much he's a younger Nokelainen?

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Joonas Nattinen - Michel Bournival - Blake Geoffrion

That might be a pretty solid 3rd line one day.
We always create pretty solid 3rd line and 4th line for the future. Could we please build a solid 1st or 2nd line with our prospects someday ?

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The one knock on him I remember was his sub par skating, has he improved that?

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Future 4th liner in the NHL IMO.
Hockey future had him at 7D (Potential for 2n line but unlikely to reach it). Let's meet in the middle and say he could be a good 3rd liner.

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Joonas Nattinen - Michel Bournival - Blake Geoffrion

That might be a pretty solid 3rd line one day.
That'd be nice.

It's hazy but but I kinda remember that back in the 80s we had a pretty damn fine grinders in Mike Mcphee and Brian Skrudland.

Character, grit, size and a surprising amount of offense. I miss them, especially Mcphee.

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He was pretty much playing 3rd/4th line only in the Finnish SM-Liiga..
I know, but still, 3 assists in like 60 games for a forward? There were goalies that had more points than him!

So far, he's proved me wrong.

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I liked him from day one.
But i dindt know he was actually ranked in the first round...

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We always create pretty solid 3rd line and 4th line for the future. Could we please build a solid 1st or 2nd line with our prospects someday ?
Leblanc - Eller - Gallagher could turn out to be a solid 2nd line.

And I assume whichever top forward the Habs draft this season (Grigs, Alex. G, Yakupov, Filip Forsberg), he'll be paired with Pacioretty in the future to form a 1st line.

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Leblanc - Eller - Gallagher could turn out to be a solid 2nd line.

And I assume whichever top forward the Habs draft this season (Grigs, Alex. G, Yakupov, Filip Forsberg), he'll be paired with Pacioretty in the future to form a 1st line.
Leblanc ? Eller ? 2nd liner maybe. But not in a winning team.

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Palushaj type player, will get called up 20 times and prolly not do anything.

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Palushaj type player, will get called up 20 times and prolly not do anything.
You're out to lunch on this one. Palushaj is a smallish player who cheats for offense, who's had trouble scoring when he moves up a level. Nattinen is a large, physical player who has been groomed to be a defensive forward. One of these player types is more likely to succeed while following a long development path than the other.


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Palushaj type player, will get called up 20 times and prolly not do anything.
what the hell are you talking about, paloushaii is a lightweight and looses all his 1v1 battles.

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