(jinx) when was the last finnish bust?

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  1. Brain Hemorrhage

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    Over the past few months, I've noticed a lot of HFBoards posters mentioning how impressive Finland's hockey program has been as of late. I tend to agree that they have been impressive. When was the last time a FNL player was a bust?
     
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    Jani Rita if he doesn't make the Oilers this year.
     
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    Aki Berg... he's a good #4/5 defenseman at the age of 26, but not at #3.
     
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    I thought Ylönen was a decent 3rd line center for the Yotes? He'd still be playing in the NHL if not for his health issues. IIRC he had rheumatic troubles which meant that his body couldn't sustain the NHL schedule.
     
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    Teemu Rihijärvi.
     
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    I agree.

    He did a credible job with the Sens. I believe they wanted him back but he returned to Europe because of health reasons.

    A lot of the players mentioned so far weren't taken high enough to be considered "busts". Teemu Sainommaa (sp?) was a 2nd rounder in 1999. He's a bust.

    Rita is close to being a bust. If he doesn't make the NHL next year or the year after, he'll be a bust.
     
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    Rita if he soon doesnt crack Oilers roster. Rumors say that he may return to Finland and Jokerit. Riihijärvi was a total bust.
     
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    Many of the players you guys bring up are not only later round picks but also played at least half a season in the NHL on top of being a later round pick... which I think makes them at least a somewhat successful pick.

    Rita 1999, 13th overall, Riihijarvi 1995 12th overall, Sainomaa 1999 62nd overall and Berg 1995 3rd overall

    Is that all? That doesn't seem like many busts.

    Edit: I was wondering if you folks considered Teemu Laine a bust at all yet.
     
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    At the moment: yes. Let's see what his transfer to Tappara does to his game next season. He skates fast... and he skates fast... and that's about it. I guess that's also what made the scouts go "ooh!" and "aah!", but hockey isn't short track.

    Agree with you 100% on the definition of a bust. Guys like Ylönen and Aalto are definitely not busts, they are actually picks that panned out pretty much as perfectly as anyone could hope for. If you get a couple of decent seasons out of a 6th rounder you can consider yourself lucky.
     
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    I looked through the last few draft seasons, '99-'03 and not one high pick (round 1 or two) looks like a complete bust. I'd say it's pretty safe to draft Finnish these days.
     
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    I always had high hopes for Jarkko Varvio (34th by Minnesota in '92) He did produce
    13 3 4 7 with Dallas during '93-'95. But overall the Finnish system is extremely solid.
     
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    By no means a prospect, but 2 years ago Tony Virta couldn't crack the Wild season opening lineup.
     
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    All first, second and third round picks in the last ten years gone more or less awry:

    75th in 2002, Arttu Luttinen's potential quickly deflated.

    39th, 41st and 66th respectively in 2000, Teemu Laine, Tero Määttä and Tuukka Mäkelä are not becoming NHL players at this rate.

    13th in 1999, Jani Rita...well, you know.

    62th in 1999, Teemu Sainomaa was an awful pick.

    43th in 1997, Juha Gustafsson is a mediocre SM-Liiga player.

    65th in 1997, Ilkka Mikkola was probably never up to NHL standards as a prospect.

    The 1995 draft was a total failure. Aki Berg's hockey sense never developed and 3rd was way too early. Teemu Riihijärvi is the worst Finnish pick ever at 12th, Miika Elomo crashed and burned at 23rd, Marko Mäkinen's development was messed up at 64th.

    In addition to these players, 11-4-6 Finns were picked in the first three rounds between 1995 and 2002.
     
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    Hemorage, I swear to god I will hunt you down if Lauri becomes a bust! :snide:
     
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    Yes, Teemu Riihijärvi was a bust at 12th pick, but he was never able to use his full potential due to his back problems which forced him to retire few seasons ago. He wasn't that bad most of you think.

    AND IMO, A solid NHL player like Berg should not be said as bust however he hasn't produced 20+40 per season.
     
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    retire? :dunno: He is playing in Sweden right now and looking at his statistics the only season he missed more than 15 games was the 99/00 season where he played 26 games with Lukko in SM-Liiga.. hmmz
    Did he say he was going to retire after that season but then came back the following season?
     
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    That's a big mystery, just like Kai Nurminen. Both had decent stats in the AHL and when (or if) called up were able to contribute. Lemaire must have something against players coming of a great season with TPS Turku. :joker:
     
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    Probably it was so. He has disappeared from my sight to Swedish lower series, so I thought he retired. But his back problems are for real, but they could mean same kind of problems Helminen has, he could not play 80 games per season, but Finnish amount around 50 suit him well.
     
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    Riihijärvi had also a bad injury in the autumn of 1995 and I think that was one reason to his failure. He played only 2 SM-liiga matches in 1995-96 season, having played 26 in previous two.
     
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    Will Mikko Koivu ever establish himself as a star in the NHL?
     
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    At first I had Koivu listed because I bet many people would like to reuse that pick (notably more so than other ones). His development curve hasn't been high enough for him to became a star, but the important things are that he has developed steadily and improved his weaknesses. He should end up as a pretty good second line center.
     
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    Maybe the first three rounds were, but what about..

    87 Hartford Sami Kapanen LW
    90 San Jose Vesa Toskala G
    116 San Jose Miikka Kiprusoff G

    A Vezina candidate at 116 isn't too bad I would say.
     
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