Confirmed with Link: Pens Sign Finnish Defenseman Juuso Riikola

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  1. EightyOne

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  2. Honour Over Glory

    Honour Over Glory Lets Go Pens!

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    Or we move a guy that skates slower than Hal Gill at the end of a long shift for a defenseman that can actually move and play well. Sorry Olli, peace out.
     
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    Riikola will be generational D. Like Janne Niinimaa.
     
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    Olli's stride is horrible, his first step is horrible. Too bad we can give him Letang's feet... combine the 2 and you've got Lidstrom.
    As for the bolded, explosiveness comes from the glutes and ankles.

    I hope this kids good. It'll be interesting to see how he adapts to the faster game on NA ice.
     
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    I'd have thought the 2nd and Ottawa's 3rd could do it. The odds of getting a good player are about the same (arguably the two picks is better) and I could see a team who doesn't love the next 10 picks still on the board going for it.

    Tbh, for that reason, I kinda hope we don't, not unless we see a chance to get a big faller.
     
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    dr robbie Let's Go Pens!

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    Also what I said and... this is 20 years old! :-\
     
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    you would think the team would get him a skating coach/trainer to work with him in the offseason.
     
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    My money's on an old seaman disease like rickets or scurvy that's somehow communicable.
     
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    As long as he doesn't have Letangitis. He should be serviceable.
     
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    His story is a sad story, i'm still wondering if his illness destroyed his boinkitude (hey neologism!), i mean, the guy starts so slowly that you have to wonder if his energy link has been ****ed forever.
     
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    HAHAHA!!! Good one! You sure got me there.

    Oh man Juuso will never escape these jokes but hey, they're funny.

    ex. ...he has a bad game, it Juuso happens that he didn't have his Riikola that night.
     
  12. SHOOTANDSCORE

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    I still don't know why there isn't a full time skating coach with the Pens. If that's our identity, we should commit to it and explore every advantage. Ollie could sure use the one on one time, and imagine the cumulative effect of 3/4 of the team slightly improving their skating.
     
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    Even if you had energy level issues you'd still be quicker for a duration of your shift until you're not. Olli was never fast. He was just smart with positioning. Then the game got faster and that was thanks to his team no less, creating a new trend. Olli just never adapted and to say his illness and whatever else is a problem is kind of a strawman excuse for him.

    He's entering his 6th (technically 5th given that 20 game season he had) year professionally as a Penguin. He should have figured it out by now that he needed to get faster 4 seasons ago.

    I like the kid. I love his attitude and that he trains as hard as anyone on the team and is a somewhat mature kid. But there is a major problem with him not being a good fit on the team because he's slow. He's the slowest skating defenseman on the team, 100%.

    I think Letang is movable even if he doesn't get better next year, definitely think he can be moved. But Olli needs to go this off season. That's just a non starter for me for seeing him in camp next season. Move on. I absolutely like the kid but man you gotta look at fit and he just is not a fit. He might thrive in the west though. There's a lot of teams that still have a heavier slower paced style that is successful.
     
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    That’s Gagarin Cup Champion Sergei Plotnikov to you! :sarcasm:


    I’m actually estatic with this signing, especially for free. Maybe he can teach Olli how to actually use his body. Not even hit-wise, just positionally speaking. A dman who can (allegedly) shoot and skate and pass and play good defense? Who wouldn’t be estatic?
     
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    They do have full time skating and skills coaches.

    With that’s said, there isn’t much a player can do at this point to improve skating. These players had access to the best skating coaches in the world long before they played an NHL game.

    Really, OM skating is not the prettiest but it’s average. It’s his explosiveness and first three strides that are lacking - that gets addressed in the weight room. However, a players body is a players body and everyone has their limits. I’m sure he’s worked on it.
     
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    It would be way funnier if the entire Paint Can just started coughing...
     
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    Only one thing you can do when you trade your draft picks. Nice pick up.
     
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    How did he look in the World Championships?
     
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    Neat-o. Hope he can be a 3rd pair guy next year so we can dump Hunwick and have our 5-7 done.
     
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    If we're going to be signing free assets at this point, it may as well be on Defense.

    We've got to get some fresh blood in there.
     
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    Been trying to find full games with no luck but Finland fans that watched said he was atleast as good as Nuutivara(spelling?). The CBJ depth defender.
     
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    Even if hes just a depth guy thats an improvement, and cheaper. I bet he starts in WBS, but hopefully he comes up full time at some point in the season.
     
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    Keep him out of the tall Pennsylvanian grass.
     
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    He has good wheels, he likes to (and knows how to) hit things, and he does have a powerful shot. Good work ethics as well! I'd imagine he can be a serviceable bottom-pair defenseman. Good pick by GMJR!
     
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    Yeah lyme disease has personally really hampered my promising recreational d league inline hockey career
     

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