2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Finland forward Kristian Vesalainen

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Kristian Vesalainen - Team Finland

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and 2017 prospect Kristian Vesalainen scored 10 goals and 15 points in 18 games HIFK’s U18 squad in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

For the 1999-born Kristian Vesalainen, the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament was an opportunity to show the international scouting community just how far he has come in his development. Already measuring in at a huge 6’3” and 203 pounds as a 16 year old, Vesalainen took a regular shift on the strong Finnish side’s second line. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Finland defenseman Tarmo Reunanen

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Tarmo Reunanen - Team Finland

Photo: TPS Turku defenseman and 2016 prospect Tarmo Reunanen produced eight goals and 30 points in 42 games for the U20 team in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Defenseman Tarmo Reunanen was a lynchpin as a top four defenseman for a surprisingly good Finnish club at this year’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Never shying away from opposition shots or physical play, Reunanen consistently battled in the corners, came away with pucks, and headily moved them up to his forward teammates. He finished the tournament with one assist along with six penalty minutes in five games. Read more»

2015-16 Liiga Preview, Pt. 1: Karpat shooting for threepeat as Finland’s top club

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Sebastian Aho - Team Finland

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho and his Karpat teammates will be going for their third consecutive Kanada Cup championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With the addition of former Mestis club KooKoo, Finland’s Liiga in 2015-16 will feature 15 teams for the first time in league history. But, while the Kouvola-based squad should enjoy an intense rivalry with neighboring SaiPa Lappeenranta in southeastern Finland, things aren’t likely to change at the top of the league standings. Read more»

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»

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