Name: Markus Seikola
Height: 6 ft 2 ” (185 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: May 6, 1982 / Laitila, Finland
Drafted: 7th Round, 209th Overall (2000 NHL Entry Draft)
European League (Regular Season)
TPS TurkuJr. C SM-Sarja96/97410124
TPS TurkuJr. B SM-Sarja97/98200000
TPS TurkuJr. B SM-Sarja98/993621012324
TPS TurkuJr. A SM-Sarja99/009213-26
TPS Turku Jr. A SM-Sarja00/012613720146
European League (Playoffs)
TPS TurkuJr. C SM-Sarja96/97100000
TPS TurkuJr. B SM-Sarja97/98100012
TPS TurkuJr. A SM-Sarja99/0013101-50
TPS TurkuSM – Liiga00/011010150
TPS TurkuJr. A SM-Sarja00/01310100
Team FinlandWJC Under-182000714534
A virtual mystery on draft day, not even ranked by the Central Scouting Bureau, Markus has made great strides since his very late entry into Finnish Junior Hockey. He worked his way up the Finnish Junior ranks to qualify for the Finnish Under-18 World Junior Team. His surprising performance and hard work brought him onto the very tough Finnish TPS Turku Senior Mens team, where he played with the likes of top NHL prospect Mikko Koivu. Markus’ biggest strengths are his size, puck handling skills and low booming shot. He seems to be willing to use his body which is rare for European League Talents . . . but he needs to work on his skating before he will be able to impress at the NHL level. He has a great sense of humour, and his attitude is very relaxed and casual . . . which can be great if focused but could be a warning flag if he lacks desire. He has impressed many with his play in international competition to date. Still a wild card project for the Leafs, but already considered by many scouts a surprise steal from the 2000 Entry Draft. Much higher upside than originally anticipated.
Markus is in no hurry to come to North America. When asked point blank if he had plans to play in North America, Markus said he did not want to think or talk about that. Markus made it clear that his commitment to Finland was the most important thing to him at this time. However, the lure of the NHL will draw him away from Europe maybe even for the start of next season (although he is most likely to stay in Europe one more year). When he does come over, Seikola would benefit greatly from an adjustment period to North American hockey down on the rock.
Interview material courtesy of European Hockey.Net
COAST TO COAST AND ACROSS THE POND
Erie Otters (OHL)
Both Brad Boyes and Carlo Colaiacovo’s names were rumoured to have come up in trade discussions involving Anaheim’s York and Columbus’ Odelein. The Leafs continuing unwillingness to part with either player was one of two reasons a deal was not finalized at the deadline.
Memphis River Kings (CHL)
Both Jonathan Gagnon and Sebastien Centomo are on the River Kings playoff roster which was required to be submitted in advance. However, neither player is likely to be returned from St. John’s as both will be on their playoff rosters as well. Centomo is a long shot for being on the Leafs playoff roster if Joseph is slow to heal.