There is no question that Finland defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen left his mark on his country's gold medal win at the 2014 World Junior Championship, as the big defender netted the golden goal to help Finland take their first gold medal at this event since 1998. But one of Ristolainen's blueline brethren, Ville Pokka, may have been Finalnd's most consistently effective defensemen at this WJC.
Pokka was half of Finland's top defensive duo at this tournament, along with Esa Lindell. Pokka played in all situations, making his case for being a strong, all-around defender. In seven games, the Tornio, Finland native scored a goal and added three assists while posting a +7 rating.
Pokka, a New York Islanders prospect, is playing in his third season for Karpat's Liiga squad. In 36 games, he has scored five goals and added 10 assists for 15 points to go along with a hefty +20 rating.
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