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Besides Korpokoski just curious...

In 2004, Korpokoski was selected in the first round by the Rangers. I'm just curious if anyone can think of any star players from Finland, who came out of the first round to play in the NHL. Or, how about any star players period?? So far I got Jari Kurri (but he wasn't a first rounder). Even more surprising was Selanne getting picked in the 7th round! Can anyone think of any star players who were or are in the NHL from Finland. Even better. A first rounder?? Jokinen?

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In 2004, Korpokoski was selected in the first round by the Rangers. I'm just curious if anyone can think of any star players from Finland, who came out of the first round to play in the NHL. Or, how about any star players period?? So far I got Jari Kurri (but he wasn't a first rounder). Even more surprising was Selanne getting picked in the 7th round! Can anyone think of any star players who were or are in the NHL from Finland. Even better. A first rounder?? Jokinen?
Selanne was chosen 10th overall in the first round in 1988.

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Selanne was chosen 10th overall in the first round in 1988.
oh okay. My mistake. I thought I read 7th round someplace. But really, I'm just trying to think of any good players that had come from Finland?

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oh okay. My mistake. I thought I read 7th round someplace. But really, I'm just trying to think of any good players that had come from Finland?
Off the top of my head, Koivu, Lehtinen, Tikkanen, Lumme.

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Kiprusoff is a superstar. Though I always found it interesting that his surname sounds Russian.

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Olli Jokinen 3rd overall, 97

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Notable finnish players:

Niklas Bäckström
Olli Jokinen
Sami Kapanen
Miikka Kiprusoff
Mikko Koivu
Saku Koivu
Jari Kurri
Jere Lehtinen
Kari Lehtonen
Jyrki Lumme
Jussi Markkanen
Ville Nieminen
Janne Niinimaa
Antero Niittymäki
Teppo Numminen
Joni Pitkänen
Pekka Rautakallio
Reijo Ruotsalainen
Christian Ruuttu
Tuomo Ruutu
Teemu Selänne
Ilkka Sinisalo
Esa Tikkanen
Kimmo Timonen
Vesa Toskala

1st rounders that played in the NHL:

Kari Lehtonen G Atlanta Thrashers 2002 2nd
Aki-Petteri Berg D Los Angeles Kings 1995 3rd
Olli Jokinen C Los Angeles Kings 1997 3rd
Joni Pitkänen D Philadelphia Flyers 2002 4th
Mikko Koivu C Minnesota Wild 2001 6th
Tuomo Ruutu C Chicago Blackhawks 2001 9th
Teemu Selänne RW Winnipeg Jets 1988 10th
Lauri Tukonen RW Los Angeles Kings 2004 11th
Jani Rita RW Edmonton Oilers 1999 13th
Petteri Nokelainen C New York Islanders 2004 16th
Lauri Korpikoski LW New York Rangers 2004 19th
Mika Noronen G Buffalo Sabres 1997 21st
Tuukka Rask G Toronto Maple Leafs 2005 21st
Sean Bergenheim C New York Islanders 2002 22nd
Miika Elomo RW Washington Capitals 1995 23rd
Saku Koivu C Montreal Canadiens 1993 23rd
Hannu Toivonen G Boston Bruins 2002 29th

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This thread has nothing to do with NYR. PLease use the appropriate forum for your question.

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