[Noma's Watch] Fantasy-notable SM-liiga Players after 1st Quarter of the Season
RW Tomas Zaborsky, 25 GP, 20+8=28
I'm not quite sure what Zaborsky's contract situation is in the NHL, since his ELC contract ended after last season, and he didn't sign a new one. Anyway, he's been in fire lately in the SM-liiga. He has failed to record two points in a game only once in last seven games, and he has nine goals and three assists in that span. He's quick, has a great wrister and is quick (again).
C Mikael Granlund, 23 GP, 8+20=28
Granlund has been putting up solid numbers whole season. He has scored more than two points in a game only once and has managed to put his name in the scoring sheet in 17 games of the 23 he has played.
RW Teemu Pulkkinen, 25 GP, 8+8=16
Pulkkinen's scoring pace has been slowing from the hot start he had to this season. He's has only two points in the last seven games, but he's at least fired 27 shots on goal in those games.
C Perttu Lindgren, 14 GP, 5+10=15
Former Dallas Stars 3rd round pick from 2005 led the SM-liiga in scoring last year and has continued the pace this season. He has now ten points in his last six games and he has shown amazing passing skills again. He has publicly said that he's goal is still in the NHL, and with this kind of numbers he probably will have at least a try.
D Sami Vatanen, 26 GP, 4+11=15
Vatanen had a bit of a slow start to this season scoring only two points in his first eight matches, but he's production has been rising since then. He shoots very much, in average four times in a match, and has played constantly 23-25 minutes.
RW Miikka Salomaki, 21 GP, 7+6=13
Salomaki started the season well and played a few matches in the first line on Karpat, but his minutes - and production - have been falling lately. He has only one point in his last six games.
RW Joel Armia, 24 GP, 5+6=11
Buffalo's 1st round pick from last summer has been struggling this season. He was expected to be the number one goalscorer in Assat, but he hasn't been able to produce in the same pace he did last year. He has four points in his last five games though, so maybe there is light in the end of the tunnel now.
C Markus Granlund, 19 GP, 5+5=10
The Little Brother has been in fire lately. He has now six points in as many games, and he's been showing very good chemistry with big brother Mikael. Although he is only 5'10" and weighs 163 lbs, he plays quite physical game. He rose to the headlines in Finland scoring a lacrosse scoop goal, just like Mikael in the world champs.
LW Toni Rajala, 20 GP, 6+3=9
Edmonton prospect Rajala has been the only light in the dark in Ilves' pitch-black season. He started the season slowly, but has now seven points in his last ten games. He has great shot and is very creative with the puck, but he may be a bit too soft and small for the NHL.
C Aleksander Barkov jr., 18 GP, 5+4=9
Barkov's production has slowed down a bit after the flying start he had to his season, but that mostly because the opponents have started to pay attention to him and defend him more strictly. He's only 16 years old, and is competing hard for the Rookie of the Year title in SM-liiga against Markus Granlund.
RW Teuvo Teravainen, 8 GP, 2+0=2
17-year-old Teravainen has played mostly in the Junior A league this season (9+7=16 in 10 GP there), but has had occasional call-ups to the mens' league as well. He is very quick and smart player, and he has been projected to be a 1st round pick in few mock drafts this season.
D Ville Pokka, 15 GP, 0+2=2
Another possible 1st round pick from Finland this season is Karpat's 17-year-old D-man Ville Pokka. He has been playing in average a bit short of 19 minutes per game, and he compensates his relatively small size (5'11" / 187 lbs) with great positioning.
Finnish goalie factory has again produced some new names in the star map, when old ones left for the KHL or to North America.
Antti Raanta, 13-1-2, GAA 1.88, SV% .944, 1 SHO
22 years old Raanta was three years stuck in Lukko behind one of the best goalies outside the NHL, Petri Vehanen. He moved to Assat this season and has been absolutely great there. He is coached by the same goalie coach (named Kari Lehtonen by the way) that rose Jussi Rynnas and Eero Kilpelainen to the top and probably he has done it again.
Niko Hovinen, 17-4-1, GAA 1.94, SV% .929, 4 SHO
23-year-old Flyers signing from last summer has shown why he was signed to a two-year contract to the NHL. He's big but still agile and seems to be very calm in the goal.
Frans Tuohimaa, 6-3-2, GAA 2.41, SV% .911, 2 SHO
Edmonton's 7th round pick from last season has earned more and more starts when the season has been progressing, and he seems to be ready to be a starter goalie at least in the SM-liiga.
If you have any questions about players playing in Finland that I haven't mentioned here or if you want more information from these guys, just ask
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Excellent post about players from a league that we don't get a lot of news from. Keep em coming!
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This is awesome! Thanks!
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