If you’re 21, coming off a solid season in Finland’s SM-Liiga and your parent team sends you to Stockton, it might be easy to get a little down on things.
You have to chuckle when things like this happen. Rajala–skill winger prospect on a team that is drafting players at his position 1st overall every spring–decides to come over after a very good season in Finland (he led his team in goals, 16) and arrives in time to get buried by NHL players. Lordy.
However, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Rajala is having a nice surge here in Stockton lately, and if the NHL ever starts the season it is a safe bet that Rajala will see some OKC time this year. He’s 9, 6-5-11 +5 after yesterday and tied for 13th (of course) in league scoring. He is 5-5-10 in his last 5 games and has 40 shots for the season. Nice.
Oh, by the way, Jeremie Blain is off to a nice start too. Just sayin’.
I’ll have a GDT thread up at 5pm today, but Nail Yakupov is scheduled to play in the Subway Series tonight in G1. The QMJHL roster is here (there are some injuries) and the Russian roster is here. Our man wears #10.