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01-05-2004, 05:45 PM
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Bowman praises Pitkanen

Scotty Bowman, a special consultant to the Detroit Red Wings who lives in Sarasota, Fla., scouted the Flyers on Saturday. Here's his take on 20-year-old rookie defenseman Joni Pitkanen: "He is awfully good for his age. He is going to be better than most. He is not afraid to go up into the play and he's big. I saw him play last year in Halifax. I didn't think he would come up right away.

"I don't think it will take him five years [to excel]. He is playing a lot and playing regularly. It took [Nicklas] Lidstrom about three years. You've got to play to learn, and they play him a lot. There is so much to learn on defense, and Pitkanen's averaged 17 minutes. That's good for a rookie."


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It doesn't say a ton, but it's great to hear the best coach ever say that Pitkanen is going to be better than most. Then he also compares him to Lidstrom (I can only hope. ) This was also after watching the Flyer's worst game of the year, where Joni was a -2.

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now there is somebody that might know something about hockey. it's very good to read his comments praising Pitkanen.

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now there is somebody that might know something about hockey. it's very good to read his comments praising Pitkanen.
Of course if he trashed Pitkanen, we would all jump on his back and say he was losing it.

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Of course if he trashed Pitkanen, we would all jump on his back and say he was losing it.
You are exactly right.

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Of course if he trashed Pitkanen, we would all jump on his back and say he was losing it.
Thats what happens when your raised in philly

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