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12-22-2010, 08:25 AM
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Apparently Callahan had a good game yesterday. He started off as the 13th forward and it seems like he's been used at all three forward positions with in the two last games. Someone in the USA U20-thread praised his versatility and said, despite being a big Rocco Grimaldi fan, would take Mitch over Grimaldi for the 13th forward.

So, it looks like we have another situation similar to Sheahan. He's been good in camp and seems to have a good chance of making the team, BUT he could very easily be cut...

Still waiting for an injured Swedish D and Canadian forward to give Riley and AA a chance of making the team

Team USA will be annonced at 9.10 EST on their facebook page.
Looks like Mitch Callahan made it. Congrats.

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12-22-2010, 09:16 AM
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Looks like Mitch Callahan made it. Congrats.
Yes he did. A really great thing for him! Congrats!

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Good little piece on Callahan.

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While Team USA does possess a few snipers and bona fide playmakers, Allain also will have the luxury to call upon a few grinders. In particular, forward Mitchell Callahan, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound bundle of energy who has 15 goals, 33 points and 62 penalty minutes in his third season with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. Of all the drafted players on the roster, Callahan was taken the latest -- sixth round (No. 180 overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in 2009.

Shane McColgan, Callahan's teammate in Kelowna, predicted last week in his exclusive NHL.com blog that his fellow Californian would be a perfect fit for Team USA.

"For the U.S. team, I think he can bring an energy-line role as well as an agitating role," McColgan wrote. "He gets under the players' skin pretty well and obviously he's leading our team in scoring, so he can do that, as well. He can bring the whole package, but I'm sure what the U.S. will want from him is to bring energy, bring those big hits to get the team going."

Allain, who preaches puck possession and speed through the neutral zone, will be looking to counter opposing speed with some grit of his own.

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12-23-2010, 11:14 AM
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Pulkkinen is sick and won't play tonight against Canada in a pre-tournament game.

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12-23-2010, 12:40 PM
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Pulkkinen is sick and won't play tonight against Canada in a pre-tournament game.
That sucks. I guess it is flu season, maybe a little home ice advantage to the North American immune system?

BTW, what # is Jarnkrok wearing? I seen a little of the Canada game and couldn't seem to pick him out.

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12-23-2010, 01:11 PM
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That sucks. I guess it is flu season, maybe a little home ice advantage to the North American immune system?

BTW, what # is Jarnkrok wearing? I seen a little of the Canada game and couldn't seem to pick him out.
Here are the WJC jersey # for our prospects:

Calle Järnkrok, SWE, #19
Teemu Pulkkinen, FIN, #6
Mitchell Callahan, USA, #24 or #14?
Andrej Nestrasil, CZE, #11

I actually think it's good that Pulkkinen isnt playing because last year we saw some dirty hits by the Canadians and I don't really want Teemu to be injured in an exhibition match...


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12-24-2010, 04:57 AM
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Nestrasil scored in their pre-tournament match against Germany. No info on assists...

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12-24-2010, 07:05 AM
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Nestrasil scored in their pre-tournament match against Germany. No info on assists...
no assists. his goal was the game winner.

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12-24-2010, 08:30 AM
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no assists. his goal was the game winner.
I hope he has a huge tournament, desperately want him to get a contract.

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Pulkkinen is sick and won't play tonight against Canada in a pre-tournament game.
I was happy when I read the bolded part...thought it meant that a future prospect looked really good. Then I kept on reading and realized that he had a cold

What can you tell me about this guy, what style of play does he have, who can you compare him to? I guess he's a two-way forward as all Detroit players?

Btw, Merry Christmas

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12-26-2010, 01:55 PM
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Anyone going to watch USA-Finland today? Pulkkinen and Callahan playing, Teemu on the 1st line and Mitch as the 13th forward. Starts at 8PM ET.

I was thinking of watching some of Sweden's game as well. It starts at 4PM ET. Go Ironhook!

Edit. Apparently no stream for the Sweden game.


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12-26-2010, 03:15 PM
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It sucks, I can't watch Sweden play, but I'm watching a very exciting Canada-Russia game. Too bad Sheahan didn't make it, I really want to see him play once.

Russia just scored now. Urychev with Tarasenko assisting.

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12-26-2010, 03:23 PM
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Kuznetsov is damn impressive, we could use a guy like this in the system.

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12-26-2010, 03:27 PM
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Canada are playing very sloppy right now. Their PP is all over the place. The nerves are getting the best of them IMO.

Russia is matching the Canada's physicality too.

Sweden leading 2-0, Ironhook doesn't have any points yet.

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12-26-2010, 05:52 PM
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No points for Calle in a 7-1 win... And +/- 0 as his linemates where +1 and +2. Hope he's able to put in some offence in the next games.

Next up Pulu&Mitch, never seen Callahan play

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12-26-2010, 06:10 PM
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What can you tell me about this guy, what style of play does he have, who can you compare him to? I guess he's a two-way forward as all Detroit players?
Do you mean Pulkkinen? I can tell you lots of things about him if you do mean him. For the record I live in helsinki and I'm a die hard Jokerit fan. Get to see every home game.

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12-26-2010, 06:10 PM
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calle is not really needed against norway. his important games will come soon.
and maybe he saves his energy for the games we can watch. i hope this is the last WJC in the US for a long time.

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12-26-2010, 07:56 PM
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Do you mean Pulkkinen? I can tell you lots of things about him if you do mean him. For the record I live in helsinki and I'm a die hard Jokerit fan. Get to see every home game.
I'm pretty curious about Pulkkinen, too. Second on the team in points at 18 years of age seems damn impressive, but is it for the SM-liiga? Is it a big deal?

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12-26-2010, 08:17 PM
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I'm pretty curious about Pulkkinen, too. Second on the team in points at 18 years of age seems damn impressive, but is it for the SM-liiga? Is it a big deal?
It's the highest level of hockey in Finland and he's doing pretty well for his age. Slightly off pace for the rookie point record.

He plays on the second line and does a pretty good job setting up his team's top scorer. He's pretty consistent, chips in with a point or two in most games. Consistently creates opportunities. Not too sure if his shoulder is still at 100% yet. Impressive so far regardless.

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12-26-2010, 09:51 PM
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Just watched the 3rd period of USA vs. Finland...

Not sure if Callahan played at all. I didn't hear his name called.

That was the first time i've gotten a chance to see Pulkkinen live. I've seen highlight clips of his shot, but never seen him in action for an entire shift. The first thing i noticed was his skating style. I found his stride and stance to be a bit unusal. He made a very good pass on the tying goal that ended up sending the game to overtime. He got the puck in the neutral zone and quickly sent a pass to a player with speed who attacked the offensive zone and the rebound was capitalized on. Without knowing it was him as the play happened i said "good pass right there." He ended up with the secondary assist. Earlier in the period he set up another good scoring chance for Finland. He was along the end-boards in the offensive zone when he got the puck and quickly fed a player in front of the net. Early in the period he was attacking with speed into the offensive zone and attempted to release his cannon. He's got a huge windup as seen in his highlight clips, but he gets it off pretty quick. With that being said, it's so hard to effectively use a big wind up at the higher levels of hockey. As a result his shots were deflected. I heard the announcers say he was leading Finland with 3 shots on goal, but i missed the first 2 periods so i didn't see what type of shots they were. Pulkkinen was also involved in the overtime goal against. Finland had control of the puck in the defensive zone and Pulkkinen was trying to gain speed into the neutral zone. As a Finnish defender attempted to spring Pulkinnen with a pass, a turnover occured in which the U.S. scored on. I couldn't tell whether the puck hit Pulkkinen in the skate or never reached him. Either way it was the last play of the game.

All and all it's tough to really get a good feel for a player by only watching 1 period of hockey + overtime.

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12-26-2010, 10:03 PM
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I'm pretty curious about Pulkkinen, too. Second on the team in points at 18 years of age seems damn impressive, but is it for the SM-liiga? Is it a big deal?
Its a big deal, he is also in the top 10 in SM-Leagues overall scoring, he should still score more goals though.

On even strenght he plays in the second line with Janne Lahti (currently the leading goalscorer in sm-league, not least because of Pulu's assists) and Antti Kerälä (who is pretty crappy player, but evolving). Before this season he was pretty one dimensional goal scorer, but this season he has found new aspects to his game, his passes are great and accurate and now he even defends, atleast to some point. His overall hockey IQ is just amazing, he is one of the smartest players in Sm-league hockey-wise.

Every game he seems better and better, his speed is increasing etc.
He is absolute beast in the PP, when he mans the point his slapshot is just wicked, thats how he makes most of his goals. Im still pretty concerned of his even strenght goals. At first he scored a lot on even strenght, but now he has had a cold streak with goals, not with points because even with lack of goals he can still contribute as a playmaker (which is wonderful ability from a player who mostly is there for the goals). Im sure that he will get the monkey off his back someday, he has had a lot of chances where he just haven't been able to bury it and lets hope that this WJC helps him to regain his confidence.

Im sure that he will be a good player, and scorer, in the NHL in a few season. He needs one more season in SM-League though, but I think that after that he could be able to jump straight to NHL if there is a roster spot for him, he doesnt need any adjusting time for NA Rink in the AHL.


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You do realize that "The Stars & Bars" was the nickname for the Confederates flag (officially known as the first national flag) in the Civil War right and not the flag of the United States which is "Old Glory"
Maybe "Stars & Stripes" is what u mean

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Maybe "Stars & Stripes" is what u mean
That as well

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Not sure if Callahan played at all. I didn't hear his name called.
i watched moreless the whole game, even though i sometimes had the wings on another stream, but i didn't see at least once.

pulkkinen was very noticable. at the beginning of the game i tried to focus on #6, but then i realized that pulkkinen stands out each shift because he's a smurf. it was either him or vatanen, but pulkkinen looked stronger. while being small, he's much stronger than i remember him from other tournaments. he played through traffic and never shied away. this part of his game i really liked.
what i don't like are his attempts to use his slapshot all the time. his shots were blocked a lot, because he decided to use a slapshot instead of a quick wrister. is his wrist shot that bad?

in general a solid game and i'm looking forward to watch more games of him.

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what i don't like are his attempts to use his slapshot all the time. his shots were blocked a lot, because he decided to use a slapshot instead of a quick wrister. is his wrist shot that bad?
His wrister is actually quite good as well, but I think it only shows that he's not used to the smaller rink. Less time and defenceman get their sticks in front of the shot more easily. Actually it was funny to see him take those shots because this season in Finland he has often made another move in that situation. As you probably saw, he got lots of those similar chances and with Jokerit he would shoot from maybe 1/3 of them. Sometimes he attempts to go pass the d-man and sometimes gives a pass.

I expect him to elevate his game against Switzerland on Tuesday and hope Finland gets some PP as well. It could be lethal with Vatanen and Pulkkinen on the point.

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