2015 NHL Draft Review: Rantanen heads bumper crop of Finnish draftees

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Mikko Rantanen - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado Avalanche 2015 first round pick Mikko Rantanen signed an entry-level deal with the team in July (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Entering the 2015 NHL Draft, there was much uncertainty regarding the prospects coming out of Finland. TPS Turku center Mikko Rantanen was the top-ranked European skater according to Central Scouting, but after that it was anybody’s guess as to how things would go in Sunrise, Florida. Read more»

2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Otto Somppi, Finland

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Otto Somppi - Team Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward Otto Somppi competed for Jokerit’s U20 squad in 2014-15 but will be heading to North America to compete in the QMJHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

A quick and shifty youngster who definitely has an affinity for playmaking, Otto Somppi is here at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament centering the second line for Team Finland, who won their first three games in the preliminary round but dropped a 2-1 decision against Sweden in Friday’s semifinal match. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Robin Salo, Finland

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Robin Salo - Team Finland - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Finland defenseman Robin Salo was chosen by Jokerit in the third round of the 2015 KHL Draft, and he is also a prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Finland has so far turned in an impressive showing at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, running the table in Group B after blanking previously undefeated Russia by a 3-0 score on Wednesday. Even before the win over Russia, Finland was guaranteed a slot in the tournament’s semi-final round. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Juuso Valimaki, Finland

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Juuso Valimaki - Team Finland - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Finland defenseman Juuso Valimaki played for Ilves’ U20 Junior A team in 2014-15, scoring five goals and 20 points in 44 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Finland got off to a fine start at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, defeating the U.S. by a 5-1 score. The Finns continued their winning ways on Day 2 of the tournament, defeating Slovakia by a 4-2 score. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Aapeli Rasanen, Finland

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Aapeli Rasanen - Team Finland

Photo: Tappara forward Aapeli Rasanen captained Finland’s entry at last year’s World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

When last the two countries met in a high level junior competition, Team USA defeated Team Finland in overtime by a 2-1 score to win the gold medal at the 2015 U18 World Championship. Roughly four months later, Finland was able to exact a bit of revenge for that loss by defeating the USA by a 5-1 score on the first day of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Read more»

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