WJC: Finland 2020 Roster Talk

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  1. FinPanda

    FinPanda Team Finland 2019 WJC champions

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    With rumours coming about Raimo Helminen being the new coach and 2019 team playing terribly, I figured I would start a thread for next year. The tournament will be in Czech Republic so the tournament will be played on the big ice, so it should be better for us. Kakko should be playing in the NHL, so not available. Kotkaniemi would be eligible too but I don't see him playing as he didn't play in the 2019 tournament.

    Even if we are gold winners in the end of the current tournament, I still wanted to make this thread.

    Potential names

    Forwards:
    Anton Lundell (2001)
    Sampo Ranta
    Rasmus Kupari
    Niklas Nordgren
    Matias Maccelli
    Antti Saarela (2001)
    Henri Nikkanen (2001)
    Leevi Aaltonen (2001)
    Marcus Kallionkieli (2001)
    Patrik Puistola (2001)
    Otto Kivenmäki
    Lenni Killinen
    Wiljami Myllylä (2001)
    Aku Räty (2001)
    Aatu Räty (2002)
    Kristian Tanus
    Konsta Hirvonen
    Jesse Moilanen
    Ville Petman
    Mikko Petman (2001)
    Patrik Siikanen
    Niklas Ylitalo
    Kasper Simontaival (2002)
    Veeti Miettinen (2001)
    Matias Mäntykivi (2001)
    Arttu Nevasaari
    Santeri Haarala
    Roni Hirvonen (2002)
    Oliver Suni (2002)
    Jami Krannila

    Defensemen:
    Toni Utunen
    Anttoni Honka
    Ville Heinola (2001)
    Mikko Kokkonen (2001)
    Lassi Thomson
    Kim Nousiainen
    Antti Tuomisto (2001)
    Miska Kukkonen
    Santeri Salmela
    Elias Laitamäki
    Peetro Seppälä
    Iivari Räsänen (2001)
    Ruben Rafkin (2002)
    Kasper Puutio (2002)
    Jasper Rannisto
    Kalle Loponen (2001)

    Goalies:
    Justus Annunen
    Henrik Tikkanen
    Kari Piiroinen (2001)
    Jere Huhtamaa
    Jasper Patrikainen
    Roope Taponen (2001)

    If I missed some names, feel free to tell.
     
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  2. king89

    king89 Registered User

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    Can we please focus on this year's tournament?
     
  3. FinPanda

    FinPanda Team Finland 2019 WJC champions

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    Sure, just wanted to make this. I didn't even post lines or something, just names.
     
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    I think it’s great. It’s never too early, it’s kinda why we’re all here.
     
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    This thread takes nothing away from this year's tournament. It's fine.
     
  6. FinnishSniper

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    The forwards look way stronger next year
     
  7. FinPanda

    FinPanda Team Finland 2019 WJC champions

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    Yeah well it's possible they pick some roleplayers again instead of picking the best.
     
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    Looks strongest Finnish U20 group.
     
  9. MattiasSnall

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    I would add some players that should be considered:
    Forwards: Arttu Nevasaari, Ville Petman, Kristian Tanus, Konsta Hirvonen, Jesse Moilanen, Patrik Siikanen, Niklas Ylitalo and some younger guys like Kasper Simontaival, Veeti Miettinen and Matias Mäntykivi.
    Defensemen:
    Santeri Salmela, Elias Laitamäki, Peetro Seppälä, Iivari Räsänen, Ruben Rafkin and Kasper Puutio.
    Even though Kotkaniemi and most likely Kakko will be absent this seems to be a very deep and talented squad aswell.
     
  10. ChicagoBullsFan

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    I could see next years U20 WJC team something like this.

    Puistola Lundell Nordgren
    Utunen Honka

    Aaltonen Nikkanen Ranta
    Salmela Thomson

    Hirvonen Tanus V Petman
    Kokkonen Heinola

    Myllylä Kivenmäki J Moilanen
    7th dman Seppälä / Rafkin / Sedoff / Puutio / Niemelä / I Räsänen ( depending injuries)
    13th forward Simontaival / Nevasaari, AA Räty / Mäntykivi / Saarela ( depending injuries)

    Goalies
    Annunen
    Huhtamaa
    Patrikainen

    Not available due to NHL duties
    Jesperi Kotkaniemi ( Montreal Canadiens )
    Kaapo Kakko

    Questionmark
    Rasmus Kupari ( La Kings)

    Other potential candidates.
    Veeti Miettinen
    Roni Hirvonen
    Aku Räty
    Marcus Kallionkieli
    Patrik Siikanen
    Roope Taponen
    Kari Piiroinen
    Henrik Tikkanen
     
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  11. FinPanda

    FinPanda Team Finland 2019 WJC champions

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    Thanks. Not sure how I missed Kristian Tanus even though I've been really impressed with him this season.

    E: I added lots of players.
     
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    is Santeri Haarala too old ?
     
  13. FinPanda

    FinPanda Team Finland 2019 WJC champions

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    Actually, no. I add him in a sec.
     
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    As a Habs fan I thought going into this season we would without question have a great shot at maybe landing a guy Like Kakko, maybe play him with Kotkaniemi and really get that rebuild rolling but no, they are actually winning games with that shit roster this year.

    we can't even tank correctly.
     
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    now thats just cruel, don't frighten us like that
     
  16. FinPanda

    FinPanda Team Finland 2019 WJC champions

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    I wish it is just a rumour. :(
     
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    If / when only candidates to next U20 head coach really are Raimo Helminen, Marko Virtanen and Tuomas Tuokkola there's not much to do. Tommi Niemelä should have been next U20 head coach but he's signed to Lausanne's NLA team assistant coach so he's not available.

    Who else it could be if not Helminen,Virtanen or Tuokkola.
    There's no much coaches coming available except Ari-Pekka Selin ( HIFK contract expires after this season)
     
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    @FinPanda I would add Roni Hirvonen and Oliver Suni to possible players.
     
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    FinPanda Team Finland 2019 WJC champions

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    Thanks, added.
     
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    Looks like another QF exit coming, can we please pick a decent coach(Not Raipe) and the best players next time.
     
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    If / when only options next U20 head coach really are Helminen, Virtanen and Tuokkola it should tell something.
    There really isn't better options available for that job.

    All potential names like Tommi Niemelä to next U20 head coach are already signed somewhere else.
    There's no much coaches coming available after this season except Ari-Pekka Selin
    And i'm ready to make bet on that Selin doesn't want coach U20 national team.
     
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    Why is it that in Finland every coach is considered garbage until they win a NT championship (be that adults, U20 or U18)? I just don't see a way in which Niemelä right now is a "better" head coach than Tuokkola or Virtanen for example.
     
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    I think both of them would be great options for the position. However the article doesn't say that the next u20 coach is currently working with the men's team, but rather that the next u20 coach will also be involved with the men's team.
     

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