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F Miikka Salomaki (2011, 52nd overall, Nashville)

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05-24-2012, 03:05 PM
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F Miikka Salomaki (2011, 52nd overall, Nashville)

Does anyone know if he will be coming to NA or what we think is NA pro potential could be in the Nashville system? I have only seen stats and they look pretty good but someone else's input would be awesome.

Thanks ahead of time!

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05-24-2012, 03:37 PM
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1 more season in the FEL and then i would guess he'll come over. He'll fit in the NA style of play very well (better than european actually). He's tenacious, quite fast, hits hard and also has some scoring touch.

Comparison to Tuomo Ruutu isn't very far off.

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05-24-2012, 07:14 PM
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with nashville and their issue scoring, with a strong camp im sure he cracks the roster (if not plays in ahl) to start the season. everything after that will be determined by how he plays, no guarenteed spots. he look rly good at the world juniors. havnt seen him since.

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with nashville and their issue scoring, with a strong camp im sure he cracks the roster (if not plays in ahl) to start the season. everything after that will be determined by how he plays, no guarenteed spots. he look rly good at the world juniors. havnt seen him since.
I'm 100% sure he won't play in the AHL.

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I'm 100% sure he won't play in the AHL.
I think it's even against the rules since he has a contract with Kärpät for next year. So it's either Nashville or Kärpät.

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I think it's even against the rules since he has a contract with Kärpät for next year. So it's either Nashville or Kärpät.
And he won't be Nashville that's for sure.

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OK I have been digging around at young NHL prospects that just played in AHL this past season and I had no idea stat wise, Salomaki had such an impressive year for his rookie AHL season. 75gp. 20g. 30a. 50pts. 83pims.

Seems like he plays with some grit and can put up points. Doesn't seem like he gets talked about much. Have many people seen him play? How was he?

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Totally forgot about him. Impressive numbers for a two way guy. Might have a chance at a top 6 role

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OK I have been digging around at young NHL prospects that just played in AHL this past season and I had no idea stat wise, Salomaki had such an impressive year for his rookie AHL season. 75gp. 20g. 30a. 50pts. 83pims.

Seems like he plays with some grit and can put up points. Doesn't seem like he gets talked about much. Have many people seen him play? How was he?
Haven't seen much of him, but he is definitely a work horse and gets in the corners from what i have seen. Hopefully, he can develop some offensive punch from LAvy as the new coach. Realisticly I think his ceiling is 35-45 point 3rd liner who plays PK and some PP time, and also can play top line minutes when there is an injury

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Haven't seen much of him, but he is definitely a work horse and gets in the corners from what i have seen. Hopefully, he can develop some offensive punch from LAvy as the new coach. Realisticly I think his ceiling is 35-45 point 3rd liner who plays PK and some PP time, and also can play top line minutes when there is an injury
hmmm could it be a higher total though possibly? I realize it was the AHL but he put up 50 points as a rookie in his first year in North America which is extremely impressive. I like the fact that Preds need some youth to step up and provide offense. Seems like almost every spot in the top 6 could be up for grabs seeing that nobody has really stepped up offensively since...hmmmm well ever haha ...and they have a different coach finally(nothing against Trotz but change will be good). I think some youth in Nashville will surprise a lot of people next year

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Haven't seen much of him, but he is definitely a work horse and gets in the corners from what i have seen. Hopefully, he can develop some offensive punch from LAvy as the new coach. Realisticly I think his ceiling is 35-45 point 3rd liner who plays PK and some PP time, and also can play top line minutes when there is an injury
Carl Soderberg a decent comparison?

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Carl Soderberg a decent comparison?
Not really. Salomäki is 5'11 but hits everything that moves. More like Brenden Morrow if everything goes right.

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Prototypical Nashville draft pick forward. Very similiar with Henri Ikonen.

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Was pretty decent in the WC with a limited role. Used to blow my mind how he managed to miss all the scoring chances playing in the WJCH team in the past (like a typical Finn). Hopefully he's learned some finishing skills while the time in the NA.

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06-18-2014, 12:52 PM
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Was pretty decent in the WC with a limited role. Used to blow my mind how he managed to miss all the scoring chances playing in the WJCH team in the past (like a typical Finn). Hopefully he's learned some finishing skills while the time in the NA.
Kinda seems like he has... 20 goals in his rookie season is pretty impressive. I am excited to see what he does next year

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Kinda seems like he has... 20 goals in his rookie season is pretty impressive. I am excited to see what he does next year
Well is it 'that' impressive given that Salomäki has already done something that most AHL rookies haven't in their rookie season - played previously in a league of men. Becoming NHL third liner should still be somewhat optimistic projection.

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How does Salomaki compare with Marcus Granlund?

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I'd compare Salomäki to Ruutu, Franzen and Hornqvist.

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How does Salomaki compare with Marcus Granlund?
Salomäki is a defensively responsible and gritty player with average hockey IQ at best. MaG is a slightly undersized skill player who's a bit of a pest as well.

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I'd compare Salomäki to Ruutu, Franzen and Hornqvist.
Already a better skater than Hornqvist...Also not sure that he will be the force that Horny can be in front of the net on the power play

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does he end off the season usually with a lot of hits? I see he gets pims and people say he is pretty gritty.

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does he end off the season usually with a lot of hits? I see he gets pims and people say he is pretty gritty.
Ehhh who knows how the "hits" counter translates. I can tell you for sure that I've watched him in camp, and the kid busts his balls every time he steps on the ice. This is camp mind you but he is throwing his body around during prospect CAMP so that tells me that the kid has got a work ethic.

I see him spending most of next year in Milwaukee, but being on the short list for call ups. If he comes out torching it in Milwaukee he will make someone else expendable and I could see someone moved of the roster to make space. We should see between 5-6 new faces in Nashville over the next 2 seasons. It's something exciting to look forward to.

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