Confirmed with Link: Pens Sign Finnish Defenseman Juuso Riikola

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  1. BHD

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    This should be his goal song when he reaches the NHL...

     
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    Nice

    Hope they continue to look for more signings like this. Need to restock the D cupboard somehow. I just realized they actually still have 6 draft picks this year. More than I expected. I know they will probably go BPA, but it would be nice to add at least 2-3 C and D.
     
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    Nothing wrong with a free asset. Especially one with an obvious nickname.
     
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    would be nice if they bundle a few to move up. imo
     
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    I don't know a thing about him, but i'm happy to add any free young player.
     
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    Born in Joensuu and has spent the past 9 seasons in KalPa's system, so I'm instantly a fan.

    I've seen him play a couple times in person, but he was 19 at the time so I'm not even going to bother with a scouting report aside from saying he didn't look out of place as a teenager in Liiga.
     
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    Right on. Happy with the free asset.
     
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    Wouldn't hate it.

    I guess if there's a guy they really like go for it. I usually prefer quality over quantity, but considering the state of the farm I don't think it would hurt to add more names.
     
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    Anyone make sure he doesn't have some bizarre old timey disease or anything?
     
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    Like what? Rio cola?
     
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    Leaf fan coming in peace. I've watched Juuso for a good bunch of years now and I'm jealous of you :)

    Juuso is good mobile defensemen and while not big, he uses his body really efficiently. Good vision & IQ and above average shot. Only downside is that board play needs a little work especially when coming to a NA rink. I'd say you gotta a hidden gem who is a decent 3rd pairing D with a potential to be even on your top 4.
     
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    Not much not to like from what i've read here. Even if he doesn't make it on the second pair, a strong 3rd pair guy is very much welcome anyway!

    I guess if he's sound 2 way he could at least temporarily patch upwards if needed, occasionnaly playing with an offensive *cough* dumbass Tanger *cough* for exemple.

    ...or we could just trade Letang, opens up many possibilities.
     
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    Riikola - Oleksiak with Ruhwedel as the #7 would be real nice.
     
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    I heard he has gout.
     
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    Yep. Would love it if they could move back into the first round somehow. Doubt they have the combination of picks to make it happen, though.
     
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    FWIW, I thought I had read somewhere on these boards yesterday that Riikola could play both LD and RD, but of course I can't find it now.
     
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    One can only hope
     
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    ha yeah Jac asked what side but sides would rock, i mean, if the guy can patch up (supposing he can play both sides) and play a strong 3rd pair that could cover for let's say, a not so adequate 4th line for example...

    This guy sounds like Tetris to our structure. :nod:
     
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    .... Riikola won't fix Letang but he may help soothe that nasty cough
     
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    Well, he certainly passes Hunwick on the depth chart just by existing and has zero other competition, so he's 7th at worst right now.
     
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    I haven’t been this excited since we signed plotnikov
     
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    I mean to be fair, there were two guys coming over that were big news that year... we just got the wrong one
     
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    JR does it again, snatching a useful player from out of the ether.
     
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    Golden helmet Janne Pesonen!
     
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    I have it too. I mean at least it isn't dysentery.
     

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