Potential NHL undrafted free agents

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  1. Tony Piscotta

    Tony Piscotta Registered User

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    When I was writing for Hockey's Future there always seemed to be a handful of these guys that I'd have to cover because they seemed to mature into prospects after their draft eligibility had passed.

    One such player I am curious about is Teemu Turunen of HPK. It seems he's having a pretty good season and that is one of the surprise teams of Liiga.

    Does he have any NHL potential and are there other players in that age range who I should watch as potentially being signed this summer?
     
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    He will absolutely not get signed.
     
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    Turunen is only a rookie and doesn't really have any qualities to would make him worth signing this season. Maybe in a couple of years.

    LW Henrik Haapala
    C Antti Suomela
    LW Erik Thorell
    LD Jesse Virtanen
    RW Sebastian Repo

    These are some young players who have been playing well and there might be some interest on them. No real standouts and surefire NHL players this year though. Haapala is good but his size might be an issue for NHL.
     
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    Just revisiting this. Repo drafted and then Suomela was recently signed.
     
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    How you see Linus Nyman's situation?
    He got passed again in NHL draft and if he won't get drafted next year do you see there's some NHL team who's ready to sign him as a free-agent.
     
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    Arttu Ruotsalainen is making a break through in Liiga. He was not supposed to be a 1st line center this year, but is now the MVP of Ilves and made a debut in the national team as well. He is playing the biggest minutes amongst all the forwards in Liiga (20:58 average) - PP, kills penalties, takes the most difficult faceoffs etc. despite his small frame.

    Here is his hat trick from last night´s game.
     
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    Op mentioned Turunen two tears ago and he is now one of top players on Liiga
     
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    I could imagine that defenceman Oliwer Kaski (Oliwer Kaski at eliteprospects.com) would be the safest bet from the current Liiga players for signing NHL contract as a free agent.
     
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    Kaski is most probably under the radar of several NHL teams. He could be NHL ready immediately.
     
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    So who's going to sign him? I hope it's the Leafs. The kid looks like a good one.
     
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    Pay attention to Arttu which mentioned above and his line mate Eemeli Suomi who is just a bit over 20 and youngest Captain in his Ilves team history. Eemeli made national team entry last spring and has continued favorable development like Arttu. Both are mentally strong, high scores and tackles too.
     
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    Otto Leskinen belongs this thread. He was on habs summer camp last year and had an awesome season in Liiga.

    Otto Leskinen at eliteprospects.com

    TJ Toni Saksman said that two or three players are leaving to NHL and I think he meant Texier, Luostarinen and Leskinen

    I love Otto Leskinen
     

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