Give me a hand here, I am doing a SIM league and we are doing an international tournament. I have Finland but am having trouble with defensmen. The problem is that I can only use players that have already been drafted to the NHL. Here is my team so far.
Mikko Koivu C
Olli Jokinen C
Mikael Granlund C
Ville Leino C
Jussi Jokinen LW
Tuomo Ruutu C/LW
Lauri Korpikoski LW
Sean Bergenheim LW
Teemu Selanne RW
Valtteri Filppula RW/C
Saku Koivu RW C
Lennart Petrell RW
I understand a lot of the forwards I have dont actually play wings on there real teams but im better off playing guys like Filppula on the wing then having to find a scrub who is actually a right wing. Help me round out my defensemen.
The defenseman situation is really terrible to say the least. There hasn't been this few Finnish d-men in the NHL for at least 15 years. Salo and Timonen are just a few years from retirement also. Of course KHL has attracted a couple of fringe level players from the NHL who can be useful in WC level tournaments, but it still looks very weak.
In the early 90's we only had Numminen and Lumme playing regular minutes in the NHL, so this isn't really unheard of, but considering how much more popular hockey is nowadays, it's a bit weird to see such a drop off in defensemen quality.
Isn't it a bit crazy that there is only four finnish NHL d-men at the moment, Salo, Timonen, Lydman and Pitkänen, and that Pitkänen is the only one under 34?
I know you guys have Vatanen going over to NHL/AHL and a bunch of great d-man prospects in Määtä and Ristolainen, but it still look very thin at defense.
For the World championships theres some really solid finnish KHL-defensemen that can play but will they really be enough at a olympic level?
Looking at forwards Finland have lots of more options and the goalies situations is fantastic.
Yep, it's looking really bleak right now, and our defense will suck in Sochi. Luckily the 94- crop of defensemen is very good, there should be around 7 defensemen drafted. if Finland produces even close to that rate in the coming years the situation will change.