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In Topic: Lines Thread

Yesterday, 08:27 PM

I like the returrn of ZDA and the kid line. I think it's the right call. I might try swapping Abdelkader and Jurco, though. Tatar-Sheahan-Abdelkader was a damn good line for a couple games back in November, and Jurco's a possession monster no matter who he's playing with and against.


In Topic: Are the Wings a Contender?

Yesterday, 07:53 PM

"Please leave a message at the tone."

 

[beep]

 

"Hey. It's Scott Thornton. Just thought I'd send you a message. Call me."


In Topic: Are the Wings a Contender?

Yesterday, 06:36 PM

Sending a message, lol.

 

"HEY MAN. YOU CROSS-CHECKED MY CAPTAIN AND I AM REALLY MAD ABOUT IT. THAT'S WHY I'M GETTING ALL UP IN YOUR FACE. TELL YOUR FIGHTER I WANT TO FIGHT HIM TO SHOW HOW MAD I AM."


In Topic: Rank our griffins d prospects

Yesterday, 01:37 PM

Upside is meaningless unless it's reached

 

Let's trade Mantha.


In Topic: Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Yesterday, 01:12 AM

I still like Iiro Pakarinen. I don't think I've given him the full pump-the-tires treatment yet, and now would seem as good a time as any.

 

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Hockey's Future
 

Pakarinen plays like a demon in tight spots, and his stick handling ability and skating agility compares favorably to any of the top young players in Finland. Rather than focus on artistic playmaking, however, Pakarinen prefers the physical elements of the game. Offensively, he does have a hard, accurate shot which suggests he could be a dangerous sniper. While his physical style explains his pedestrian offensive numbers, that abrasiveness has gained him both attention and notoriety from scouts. As coaches and scouts will tell you, it's easier to tone down a player who is too aggressive than it is to try and instill competitiveness.

 

Eliteprospects

 

 A large winger shooting from his right. An energetic player with good skating and a nice frame. Possesses a good sharp, wrist shot and is a solid finisher. A hard worker and versatile player who can also play as a defenceman. (Matias Strozyk, 2012)

 

Edmonton Journal (Jonathan Willis)

 

It was a little surprising how quickly in training camp Iiro Pakarinen was dispatched to the minors. He was demoted on September 29, alongside some depth AHL’ers (Curtis Hamilton and Kale Kessy), a guy without an NHL contract (Jason Williams) [ZOMG] and with the extremely disappointing Martin Gernat. Travis Ewanyk and Mitch Moroz lasted longer.

 

Now, after five goals, eight points and 23 shots in just seven games in the minors Pakarinen is back; not only back but playing opposite David Perron on Mark Arcobello’s line. Listed at 6’1”, 215 pounds, Pakarinen brings not only scoring but also a reputation for responsible two-way play and a willingness to play with a physical edge (though he’s managed to go unpenalized so far this season).

 

Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson talked to 630 CHED’s Bob Stauffer on Monday about the player and raved about both his play and his professionalism:

 

He’s probably been our most complete player and most consistent player throughout the eight games that we’ve played. I think it’s just a matter of time [before he gets an NHL shot], because he plays both ends very well, he has a great shot, he’s a big strong guy and he skates very well. He’s pretty complete for this level… He plays both [left and right wing]. It doesn’t matter if it’s left or right side he feels comfortable in both positions. The one thing about Pakarinen that the coaching staff here has been impressed with is his maturity and how he carries himself for a young guy. He’s a consummate professional, he works hard in the gym and works hard in practice. I think just the way that he carries himself is pretty impressive.