Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Joel Armia and Rasmus Ristolainen, Finland

By Chapin Landvogt

Rasmus Ristolainen - Finland

Photo: Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen turned in a good performance at the 2013 World Juniors, which should help solidify his standing as a top defensive prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The 2013 World Junior Championship tournament did not go as Team Finland had hoped, with that country playing in the relegation round and finishing a disappointing seventh. While winning a medal seemed like a daunting task for Finland given the amount of talent available to all of the teams this year, it was generally felt that the team would at the very least compete in the playoff round.

Offense wasn't hard to come by for Finland at this WJC, which has not always been the case for this country at this tournament. But an offensive outage against the Czech Republic in a 3-1 loss was probably the one game that got away from the Finns and led to their appearance in the relegation round.

On the eve of the medal games, Finland boasts four players among the top 10 scorers at this tournament. One of those players, Buffalo Sabres prospect Joel Armia, is tied for the lead in points with fellow countryman Markus Granlund. Armia, who plays for Assat Pori in Finland's top league, scored six goals and added six assists for 12 points in six games, including a four-point performance in his country's 11-4 thumping of Slovakia that sealed Finland's seventh place finish.

Another productive Finnish player at this tournament was defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, a top defensive prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft. Ristolainen netted two goals and tacked on four assists for six points in his six games.

Armia and Ristolainen talked to Hockey's Future following their country's win over Slovakia.


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