Preseason Game 8: Ducks @ Jokerit 10/4/2011 9.05 AM PST
Ducks only preseason game in Europe this preseason, this game should be the one where friendship wins, at least i hope so.
Jokerit have long history and they have won 6 league championships (1973, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2002).
For Ducks fans most likely Jokerit will be remembered as a team where Jarri Kurri and Teemu Selanne started his career.
No doubt Hartwall Areena will be packed, should be a fun game, Jokerit looks strong in SM-Liiga this season and for sure will be willing to grab a win there.
Predicted LINE UP
Ruuttu - Filppula - Eaves
Lahti - Kerälä - Pulkkinen
Hännikäinen - Hahl - Rita
Mäki - Tyrväinen - Heino
9 Bobby Ryan - 15 Ryan Getzlaf - 10 Corey Perry
33 Jason Blake - 11 Saku Koivu - 8 Teemu Selänne
41 Andrew Gordon - 7 Andrew Cogliano - 77 Devante Smith-Pelly
63 Brandon McMillan - 49 Maxime Macenauer - 16 George Parros
There are some prospects to follow in Jokerit who might be NHL'ers some day. Sadly no Ducks prospects.
F Pulkkinen - 4th round pick in 2010, Red Wings.
IMO the promising F prospect in this team.
F Ruuttu - 2nd round pick in 2011, Coyotes.
F Hännikäinen - draft eligibility in 2012.
D Eronen - 7th round pick in 2011, Blues.
IMO the promising D prospect in this team.
EDIT: Oh shiet, he is not playing.
D Klingberg - 5th round pick in 2010, Stars.
Signed this season to a three-year entry-level contract by the Stars, but playing at least this year in Jokerit.
D Kivistö - 7th round pick in 2009, Hurricanes.
Signed this season to a three-year entry-level contract by Hurricanes, but playing at least this year in Jokerit.
You can add back-up goalie Tuohimaa to that list, he'll play the second half of the game:
G Tuohimaa - 7th round pick in 2011, Edmonton(passed over twice before).
Made his Sm-liiga debut and got his first win about a week ago. Accoring to reports, he was really good at the Oilers' development camp during the summer. Best goalie of the Finnish U20-league last season.