A peek at Finlands future

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  1. psycho_dad*

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    I started thinking about Team Finland and how it will look like in the future. I guess I will be doing some sort of positional depth chart here. If I forget someone, or you think someone should be added to the lists please let me know.

    These are either players that are now in the system or who are up and coming... I left out some of the older options (like goalie Bäckström).

    Goalies:

    Kiprusoff
    Lehtonen
    Nurminen
    Toskala
    Toivonen
    Noronen
    Ahonen
    Niittymäki


    Defense:

    Timonen
    Salo
    Väänänen
    Pitkänen
    Lydman
    Niinimaa
    Berg
    Karalahti
    Söderholm
    Nummelin
    Kukkonen
    Niskala
    Lepistö


    Centers:

    S.Koivu
    Jokinen
    M.Koivu
    Kapanen
    Pirnes
    Hahl
    Santala
    Viuhkola
    Immonen
    Filppula


    Wingers:

    Selänne (if he gets his knee operated and back to full health)
    Lehtinen
    T.Ruutu (He will most likely play wing, we have enough centers)
    Peltonen
    Kapanen
    Laaksonen
    Nieminen
    Pirjetä (Could be a center as well)
    Rita
    Miettinen
    J.Jokinen
    Somervuori
    Tukonen
    Nokelainen
    Korpikoski
    Joensuu


    It looks pretty good, but we really have to hope at least 1 or 2 of these young winger prospects pull through because Selänne wont be there forever (possible that he will quit now), Lehtinen and Kapanen are starting to be pretty old too.

    We have no problems with goalies and center situation looks good too. Defense should be ok too.
     
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    I think you're missing a prominent NHL Defenseman. He's in his 30's and his name is on the tip of my tongue! :banghead:
     
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    shouldn't Rask be on that goalie list? he will be awesome
     
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    Teppo Numminen?
     
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    I cannot say I am terribly impressed with Finland's forward group. It simply doesn't have the skill level of Canada, US, Czechs, Russia, or Sweden. But it looks like they will be a threat in any tournament, against any opponent, New Jersey Devils way. Elite goaltending, solid defense, and hard-nosed two-way game from their forwards.
     
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    US and Swedens top guns are aging fast so that is not a problem for Finland. In the recent years Slovakia and Czechs have not produced as much top talent either. Canada and Russia are certainly running away in this cathegory, but then again, we came pretty close even with this set of forwards....as you pointed out.
     
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    If he means Teppo, I left him out because he is quitting at least international games. He might still play a season or two in the NHL though.
     
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    You could add:

    G Rask
    D Laakso
    C Niinimäki
     
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    Looks good... :thumbu:
     
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    I agree that the Finns are certainly on the upswing in terms of international play. Many of my friends felt the Czech game was the final game once the Finns beat the Americans, but I really thought there was a reason the Finns hadn't lost a game until that point. Great job for the Finnish team, and the future looks even more bright for them.
     
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    Yeah, Numinen. That's who I was thinking of.
     
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    He (Teppo Numminen)'s born 1968 and was the oldest player in this team.
    You were thinking about the future of Finnish national team......
    If I know Teppo's 1160 NHL regular season games is a record for a European born defence player (Borje Salming appeared in 1148 games and Jari Kurri ranks first of all Europeans with 1251 games).
    When thinking about the future of Finnish hockey I would like to remind that Tuomo Ruutu, C Mikko Koivu, G Kari Lehtonen and D Joni Pitkanen are all born in 1983. Lehtonen, Atlanta and Pitkanen, Philadelphia were with the team in this World Cup but did't get a chance to play. Saku's little brother Mikko appeared in first 4 games in this tournament. Colorado's Ossi Vaananen (4 games in this tournament) is born 1980.
    I would like to say that these "boys" are to be the leading players for team Finland in the near future.
     
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    For this tourny that just ended, were would Tony Virta rank on the depth chart?

    Is he even on the radar or is it a huge strecth?
     
  14. By 2010, the three finnish goalies should be Kiprusoff, Lehtonen, and Toivonen. Damn, finland looks great between the pipes.
     
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    Weren't they the three finnish goalies this year? :dunno:
     
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    Kiprusoff should be #5 or #6 by then..

    Lehtonen, Toivonen, Rask, should be past him
    Lassila?, Niittymäki?, Ahonen?, some other kids? should be good enough to compete with Kipper for 4-6 by then.


    no, they were Kipper, Lehtonen and Toskala.
     
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    Depending on how Kipper does next season and the next couple of years he could be anywhere between #1 and #10 by 2010
     
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    I would also add winger Masi Marjamäki who is rather unknown here in Finland because he has played 3 seasons in WHL.
     
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