Prospect Info: Leafs' 2019 3rd-round (#84) -- D Mikko Kokkonen -- Liiga Finland 5' 11" /200 lbs

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  1. diehardleafsfan9878 Registered User

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    It doesn't seem like Jukurit is like Rogle though. They just seem like a low budget team who doesn't care to invest in better players to win. I don't follow Liiga though. Anyone know how Honka did while he was playing for Jukurit compared to Kokkonen?
     
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    I didn't say it is only about winning.
    I said is it also about winning.

    Developing in a losing environment might only reinforce losing.

    They still want to win.
     
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    I think winning is secondary honestly, like I'm sure that they want the kids instilled with a winning culture, but the Marlies will ultimately account for their success by number & quality of NHL'ers produced, not by Calder Cups. And to that end, I think Kokkonen's development will take priority if they think that his best route is to come to the Marlies, I don't think he'll need to be tangibly better than the alternative
     
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    Defense is a definite hole in their system.

    Hope and prayers.
     
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    agree, it's starting to look like a strength of the farm though, and the Leafs draft & development system has been producing in the last few years. Cautiously optimistic
     
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    I think the two go hand-in-hand for the most part. Deep playoff runs are great for developing prospects.
     
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    They mostly do, but I think the personnel decisions will be mostly development-driven rather than winning-driven. Like I don't think it would be tough to find an Aaron Ness or John Gilmour to sign to make the Marlies a better team with better chances of winning a Calder, but I think the spots that would go to guys like that will be filled by real prospects instead with the intention being to develop those guys to being NHL'ers.

    And that's what I meant with Kokkonen, if the best decision for his development is to bring him over and steal Borgman's time even if Borgman is a better AHL defender, I think that's what happens
     
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    I think it sort of sorts itself out. Put your prospects in the roles appropriate for their skillset and stage of development, and then fill the holes with guys that can, just as they've done with Mueller for the past two seasons.
     
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    I think everyone’s saying the same thing just different but as usual I agree with you. I think a better way to say what your trying to say compared to what everyone else is saying, would be this example.

    Up a goal with 30 seconds left face off in he marlies end , choices are a high prospect who might not Be the best selection to kill off the last 30 seconds compared to a vet like mueller for example, but I believe keefe would put a highly rated prospect in over a vet even if it had a higher probability of us losing (Babcock would play the vet every time) just to increase development and learning opportunities instead of going for the higher probability of the vet doing the job better at that moment.


    IMO
     
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    I wouldn't expect the team to be all prospects either, that probably isn't a great development environment. But I think if winning Calder Cups was the important thing, they could ice a team of Mueller's, TJ Brennan's, Mark Acrobello's and have a juggernaut of an AHL team. So I do think that the Marlies count their success by NHL players produced rather than winning, even though they do go hand in hand most of the time.

    My primary point on this topic of convo is that the Marlies are a player development organization first and foremost. I do see that Keefe would try to put prospects in pressure situations like you're suggesting, and I think personnel decisions are primarily driven by development motives.
     
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    Is this being televised somewhere or streamed?
     
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    I'm not sure if this site will show all the games though.
     
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    Thanks looks like it might be in Finnish though. Know anyway I can learn in 9 hours?
     
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    Yep.
     
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    Duolingo is pretty good ;)
     
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    Well game is quite the same.
     
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    Link is working.

    Man this arena very old looking.

    Looks like Chesswood :laugh:
     
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    oh man, there's a place I haven't thought of in a long time....I haven't been there in 20 years and it was run down af then.
     
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    end of the 2nd, Kokkonen with 2 primary assists so far. This is not high level hockey though, guys playing fast (well slow actually) and loose with possession of the puck
     
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    He has 3 assists apparently.
     
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    ya, added a secondary assist after that post of mine. He had a nice line this game but I wouldn't read anything into it, Finland was dominant and it looked like they were playing with a weighted puck because of how slow the game was
     
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    He is playing the same way he usually does. Good solid safe game without much flash. I agree the points don't really mean much.
     

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