When it comes to the NHL draft, there has never been a better year for Finland than 2002, when Kari Lehtonen went second overall to the Atlanta Thrashers and Joni Pitkanen was taken at No. 4 by the Philadelphia Flyers. Until this year, that is. The Tiny Country That Could™ has never had a No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and it won’t this year, either, but there’s an excellent...
Via The Hockey News
June 19, 2016
Former NHL defenseman Joni Pitkanen told the Finnish newpaper Ilta-Sanomat that he is looking to resume his hockey-playing career.Just over 2 1/2 years removed from injuring his ankle while chasing down a loose puck, Pitkanen told the newspaper that his rehab has progressed to the point where he feels he can take a shot at playing with his former club, Karpat Oulu of SM-League."At...
In many ways this season, the Hurricanes have never recovered from the loss of top defenseman Joni Pitkanen, whose ankle injury was deemed season-ending back in September. Defenseman Andrej Sekera, acquired at the NHL Draft last June, has been one of Carolina's best players; and 21-year-old Justin Faulk has a bright present and excellent future as a top blueliner. But there's a big...
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