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SM-Liiga rookie of the year 09-10?

View Poll Results: Who will it be?
Sami Vatanen 15 42.86%
Mikko Laine 0 0%
Mikael Granlund 16 45.71%
Robert Nyholm 0 0%
Teemu Pulkkinen 8 22.86%
Teemu Eronen 1 2.86%
Iiro Pakarinen 1 2.86%
Eero Elo 2 5.71%
Tony Vidgren 0 0%
Janne Tavi 0 0%
Jarmo Jokila 1 2.86%
Juha Metsola 0 0%
Atte Engren 2 5.71%
Joni Ortio 1 2.86%
Other 5 14.29%
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08-30-2009, 06:47 PM
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Good pick VP, J. Rajala has looked VERY ready in the pre-season games according to all the fans.

I went with Engren, I think TPS will kinda have to play him most of the time and he is good enough to answer the call but who knows. Vatanen will also be good.

I don't see it being Pulkkinen or Granlund, even though they are the best prospects....they are just so young.

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08-31-2009, 01:26 AM
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So many good alternatives this year, but I'm going with a homer pick. Kärpät's second line is still undecided and Tomi Pekkala has a decent chance of getting some ice time alongside Pekka Saarenheimo, so that might be productive for Pekkala.

Media has already chosen their favourites: Granlund & Pulkkinen (The film will be available until the 13th of September.)

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08-31-2009, 01:58 AM
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Media has already chosen their favourites: Granlund & Pulkkinen (The film will be available until the 13th of September.)
I was lucky to see that one on tv ysterday. Figures the camera followed Granlund when Pulkkinen scored his goal. But Judas H Priest, why the stupid looking ski cap, Teemu?

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08-31-2009, 03:28 AM
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I was lucky to see that one on tv ysterday. Figures the camera followed Granlund when Pulkkinen scored his goal. But Judas H Priest, why the stupid looking ski cap, Teemu?
The ski cap also says svea yuck

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Who cares about some ski hat? really!?

It's the youth

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Who cares about some ski hat? really!?

It's the youth
Iiiiiiit's ugly

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... (The film will be available until the 13th of September.)

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The still capture at 0:00 looks like the duo is from Kummeli or any other finnish comedy serie.

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09-01-2009, 04:55 AM
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I don't necessarily think that Pulkkinen or Granlund will take it. It's not that easy to take big role as 17-year-old. Previous winner pre-draft eligible is Olli Jokinen back in 1997.

Although I'm not sure that he will make the roster everytime, especially with roster being reduced to 18 skaters, Blues defenseman Aleksi Laakso (-90) has had nice pre-season so far.

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09-03-2009, 07:37 AM
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With the nasty injury to Lammassaari, Nättinen might have a spot in the top-6 for Espoo, which would obv increase his chances.

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I would put my money to Mika Niemi.

He is already 21, but making his debut a bit late. He is a lot more experienced than Pulkkinen or Granlund and will be "up" the whole season so I think he would constantly make some points. He could be the 3rd line center for Ässät and has the potential to make 20 points.
So, with his two assists today Niemi had already the 20 points I predicted AND went past however-in-the-U20-playing Granlund to the top of the rookie scoring list.

Will Granlund still be #1 rookie or are there other possibilities available (two good young goalies with Raanta and Rynnäs perhaps)? What do you think?

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So, with his two assists today Niemi had already the 20 points I predicted AND went past however-in-the-U20-playing Granlund to the top of the rookie scoring list.

Will Granlund still be #1 rookie or are there other possibilities available (two good young goalies with Raanta and Rynnäs perhaps)? What do you think?
As of now I think the top-5 are:

1. Granlund
2. Vatanen
3. Laakso
4. Niemi
5. Rynnäs

IMO Granlund is quite a bit ahead of the others.

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That's a no-brainer, Granlund hands down.

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Granlund will need to find his groove again - if he does, it's going to be really close. If not, Vatanen will take the trophy.

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Got to admit that even I am a bit confused, but Jussi Rynnäs seems to be the biggest candidate for the award right now. He is topping the saving percentage list (or is 2nd after Vehanen who plays in KHL now) and has already earned a spot as some kind of cult player in Pori.

He still has less playing time than Eero Kilpeläinen but I think that it will change until the end of the season.

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02-07-2010, 02:49 AM
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I think the hype of Granlund and Vatanen is so much bigger than with Rynnäs that one of those two will win the award. Both have great seasons so it wouldn't be that disappointment. Rynnäs have been on fire lately though and definately has showed great talent and he has made himself a candidate for the award. But still I think that it's Vatanen or Granlund who wins it.

But I hope that Rynnäs would win it of course

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I think the hype of Granlund and Vatanen is so much bigger than with Rynnäs that one of those two will win the award.
This.

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02-11-2010, 10:10 AM
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At this point the top-3 rookies imo:

Sami Vatanen D - 18yo (5' 9" 159lbs) - (41 games 5+20=25 +4, icetime/game 19:31)
Mikael Granlund - 17yo (5'10" 172lbs) - (30 games 7+21=28 +6, icetime/game 16:29)
Jussi Rynnäs G - 22 yo (6' 6" 215lbs) - (25 games 13-9-1, s% 93,61; 2,21 ga/60min)

There is a quite big age-difference but because the Wasama-award is rewarded to "the Finnish player in their first season of SM-liiga, who has shown talent to develop in to a great player internationally." (or something like that) I don't think that really matters. Toni Söderholm won it and he was almost 25 years old in 2003.

But at this point I would give it to Rynnäs. Well I have seen him play more that the other two so can't compare them that well but if Jussi keeps developing at the rate of the past few years I think that next year at some point he will be batteling for a spot at the NHL. If he stays cool, Ässät will probably have to say him good bye maybe even before the next season. Hopefully he will stay as long as possible with Ässät though.

Well, I have a ("bad") feeling that Granlund will win.


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For those of you who get the chance to watch Lukko play, how has Eero been doing as of late? I see he's getting the points but how much ice time is he getting, is his skating looking any better and is his shot as good as some have said? I would think if he continues his pace that he could been one of the top rookies this year but probably won't win it due to Granlund and Vatanen playing full years in the SM-Liga, plus having good years as well. Eero is just someone who really intrigues me because to a lot of people in the states he was a nobody when he was drafted.

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