2013 WJC Preview: Finland features solid group of forwards, defensemen

by Tony Piscotta
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Olli Maatta - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Olli Maatta leads a solid group of Finnish defenders that could be the main strength of that country's WJC squad(courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

At the 2012 World Junior Championship, much of the focus was on high profile forwards Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen – veterans of previous tournaments who were making one last attempt to win a gold medal. While Finland came up short of that goal, losing to eventual champion Sweden in a shootout in the semifinals, the team's fourth place finish would have to be considered a success.

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HF Prospect of the Month for November, 2012

by Andrew Sykes
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Ryan Strome and Brett Ritchie - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome (#18) went on an offensive tear in November, which elevated teammate and Dallas Stars prospect, Brett Ritchie (#20) (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

This one was almost a no-brainer.

Ryan Strome’s phenomenal performance in the month made him the easy selection as the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month for November.

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Moses looking to turn success in Finland into attention from NHL

by Tony Piscotta
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Steve Moses - Univeristy of New Hampshire

Photo: Jokerit forward Steve Moses, shown here playing for his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, has produced some offense in his first year in Finland's top league (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

Forward Steve Moses is in his first year of pro hockey with Jokerit in Finland's SM-Liiga. He is currently the second-leading scorer for Jokerit behind veteran Ilari Filppula. Moses played for the AHL's Connecticut Whale at the end of last season after completing his college career at the University of New Hampshire.

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Scout’s Perch: Four Nations lacks star power but not talent

by Josh Deitell
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Steve Santini - USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman Steve Santini is considered a top defensive prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sitting in a sea of peacoats, it’s difficult to feel unique.

The idea of scouting as an exercise in finding diamonds in the rough is long dead. This is particularly evident at talent gatherings like the Four Nations Tournament, which took place from November 6th thru the 10th in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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SM-liiga 2012-13 Season Preview

by Tony Piscotta
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Aleksandr Barkov - Finland

Photo: Finland's current top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, Aleksandr Barkov, will skate for Tappara Tampere of the SM-liiga in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The 2011-12 SM-Liiga season was one of opportunity for several young players – as the continued exodus of top flight veterans from the Finnish national league to the KHL or North America allowed some of the top Finnish juniors to make an impact with their respective clubs.

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