2012 Draft: Top draft eligible prospects in Finland

by Tony Piscotta
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Photo: Ville Pokka could be the first Finnish trained defenseman to be selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Ken McKenna/HF)

 

The country of Finland has produced several top-notch goalies and a wealth of talented young forwards in the past few seasons. The same cannot be said of the defenseman position – though that could change with the upcoming draft.

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Teravainen looks to become household name

by Benjamin Aube
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Photo: Finnish forward Teuvo Teravainen has been climbing the ranks of the 2012 NHL Draft prospects (courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

 

Teuvo Teravainen’s stock for the 2012 NHL Draft has risen faster than he can skate a lap around an international-sized ice rink. And if we are to believe what scouts are saying about the latter, that’s faster than most of the prospects available in this year’s crop of future hockey stars.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Teuvo Teravainen, Finland

by Ken McKenna
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Teuvo Teravainen - Jokerit

Photo: Talented Finnish winger Teuvo Teravainen experienced a steady climb up the draft rankings during the 2011-12 season (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Finnish forward Teuvo Teravainen has experienced a slow, steady climb up the 2012 draft prospect charts, to the point where the Helsinki, Finland native is considered a legitimate top 10 selection for the coming NHL Draft.

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Wild sign top prospect Mikael Granlund

by Ken McKenna
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Mikael Granlund - Minnesota Wild

Photo: The Minnesota Wild have signed their top offensive prospect, Mikael Granlund. HF also has the Finnish star ranked among the top 10 NHL prospects (courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

The Minnesota Wild took a major step toward improving their club from within with the signing of their top prospect, Mikael Granlund. Granlund is considered by some to be the top prospect currently playing outside of the NHL.

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2012 World Championship: Medal Day Wrap-Up

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk helped lead the Russian squad at the 2012 World Championship to a gold medal win (courtesy of

Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

Sunday was Medal Day at the 2012 World Championship, with Russia coming away with the gold medal following a 6-2 win over Slovakia at Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, FinlandSlovakia took home silver while the Czech Republic scored the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over Finland.

Hockey's Future spoke with some of the players taking part in these two games following those matches, with those interviews being presented below.

BRONZE MEDAL GAME

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