OILERS SIGN IIRO PAKARINEN FIILM AT 11!

The Edmonton Oilers once again siigned a player from Euro Canada, Finland. This time it’s Iiro Pakarinen, who scored 20 goals in the SM-Liiga this past season.

  • Elite Prospects: 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)

His NHLE via Desjardins is 82GP, 15-7-22. He had a  nice WHC’s (10, 3-0-3).

Long time Lowdown guest Kirk Luedeke had this to say about him in his draft year:

Iiro Pakarinen, RW 6-1, 198 Kalpa (Finland)– Undrafted overager has nice size, should add some bulk and get stronger. Heavy feet with a choppy stride, but decent straight-line speed. Needs to pick up the initial burst to have a shot at the NHL. Keeps his stick on the ice and goes to the net well. Opportunistic scorer throughout; managed to be in right place at right time and made his opportunities count. OK defensively; doesn’t do anything to stand out in his own end. Overview: Pakarinen had a pretty good hand in Finland’s offense during the preliminary round, but seems to be a longshot as an NHL prospect. Might have done enough to get drafted late, but not a prospect to keep a close eye on as the 106th-ranked skater by Central and not likely to be on many teams’ lists if at all.

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.

Derek Zona: Iiro Pakarinen is a right-shooting right winger from Suonenjoki, a town of 7,000 people located forty-five minutes outside of Kuopio, home of KalPa Hockey.  Suonenjoki is internationally renown for their strawberry farms and, according to Hartikainen, there’s a chance that the town might be exporting something else in the next few years.  His proximity to Kuopio means that Pakarinen’s formative years have been spent in the KalPa system, trailing Hartikainen by two years.  He’s listed at 6’1″ and 200 pounds, so he’s already a big kid even though he’s only eighteen years old.

He’s a Finn. That’s like being from Red Deer only cooler. 22, rock on. Love it.

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30 Responses to "OILERS SIGN IIRO PAKARINEN FIILM AT 11!"

  1. Younger Oil says:

    Really smart, solid signing IMO. Might never play an NHL game, but well worth using a contract on.

    Hopefully this European signing is just an appetizer before getting Jiri Sekac.

  2. Deadman Waiting says:

    I’m very interested to get to know this new Jurri Tissakinen.

  3. spoiler says:

    Looks a little shy of the Mendoza line on offense.

  4. Yak2 says:

    Based of his talent analysis from Hockey’s Future, he seems like a real solid signing. If he manages those numbers LT put up, 15-7-22, this signing is gonna be unreal.

  5. jp says:

    Huh. Not much in the boxcars to explain why the 22 year old would be of interest to an NHL team, but Finland saw him fit to be on the World Championship team that won a silver medal. I guess there’s a heavy dose of intangibles in his game (as suggested by the scouting reports). Maybe he works some kind of magic with Joensuu? Though there’s no obvious connection between the two.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=30857

  6. TheOtherJohn says:

    Very similar numbers to Petrell at age 22:

    Petrell 53gp 19g 11a 30 pts

    Paladin in 60gp. 20g 10a 30 pts

  7. Andy P says:

    jp:
    Huh. Not much in the boxcars to explain why the 22 year old would be of interest to an NHL team, but Finland saw him fit to be on the World Championship team that won a silver medal. I guess there’s a heavy dose of intangibles in his game (as suggested by the scouting reports). Maybe he works some kind of magic with Joensuu? Though there’s no obvious connection between the two.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=30857

    Maybe he replaces Joensuu?

  8. Ice Sage says:

    Yawn. Hartikainen v 2.0
    more filler, less killer

  9. Lowetide says:

    Ice Sage:
    Yawn.Hartikainen v 2.0
    more filler, less killer

    I think making any kind of sweeping statement either way implies things we don’t know. He’s a Finn, scored 20 in a good league and is young. Beyond that, we simply don’t know.

    clap clap

  10. russ99 says:

    Interesting signing.

    We need a kid like that in OKC, and given good results, he should get a few ABs with the big club.

  11. Lowetide says:

    Bob StaufferVerified account ‏@Bob_Stauffer

    Oilers Finnish Scout Matti Virmanen pushed hard for Pakarinen who played for the Silver Medal winning Finns and their GM Jari Kurri at WHC

  12. spud says:

    It seems that his style of play may be suited for North American hockey. Give him some time in OKC, and the Oilers may have a good third-line player. I wish him the best.

  13. jp says:

    Andy P: Maybe he replaces Joensuu?

    Quite possibly. They’ll be competing with each other at very least. 4th line filler and/or depth. Just maybe they find a checker who’s worth keeping around. Someone obviously saw something they liked, so why not?

    Edit: Guess it was Virmanen who liked what he saw.

  14. godot10 says:

    Re: Ryan O’Reilly

    1) Club selected arbitration will undoubtedly piss off the player and agent, but it is in the CBA. The player can still solicit RFA offer sheets.

    2) Why would Colorado do this? Arbitration means the player will be under contract for the start of training camp. Colorado was terrified that Ryan O’Reilly would NOT opt for arbitration, and sit out the start of the season if he did not attract an offer sheet or a sufficient offer from Colorado. Club selected arbitration takes that option away from O’Reilly.

  15. godot10 says:

    How did LA build their defense out of a deep pool of drafted defensemen?

    1) Identified the 1st tier and the 2nd tier.
    top tier: Doughty, Voynov, Muzzin, Martiinez
    2nd tier: Johnson, Teubert, Hickey

    2) Traded the 2nd tier prospects for forwards.
    3) Signed 2nd tier UFA (or near) veteran D to complement their homegrown 1st tier prospects
    Mitchell, Scuderi, Regehr

    4) Traded a top aging D (Visnovsky) for experienced young veterans (Stoll, Greene)

    St. Louis is very similar.

    The Oilers shouldn’t trade any of the young D until they have identified who the good ones are and who are the less good ones. Trade them for forwards when you decide they are 2nd tier. Use UFA or near UFA to get veterans to complement.

    Marincin clearly does not look like a 2nd tier defensive prospect. It would be nuts to trade him.

  16. spoiler says:

    I like the scout making a big play for him. And the Oilers have been looking for effective pests for a long time. Finnish pests are best in class. I’m curious to see his game. If he has the footspeed maybe we have a found player. I’d also be curious to know though if the Oil use any possession stats in their Euro scouting.

  17. HallDown says:

    After the Belov failure, and the fact no other teams were looking at this guy, I’m not holding my breath. That being said, it sounds like the Oilers are building a healthy roster of kids to compete for the 3rd and 4th line jobs in Edmonton. Most are still 2 seasons away (Nurse, Khaira, Yakimov, Gernat, Moroz) but OKC will be well worth keeping an eye on. I like the fact these prospects are all big and mobile. LA Kings have shown us what a modern championship NHL team looks like. Adapt or die.

  18. Bruce McCurdy says:

    godot10:
    How did LA build their defense out of a deep pool of drafted defensemen?

    1) Identified the 1st tier and the 2nd tier.
    top tier:Doughty, Voynov, Muzzin, Martiinez
    2nd tier: Johnson, Teubert, Hickey

    2) Traded the 2nd tier prospects for forwards.
    3) Signed 2nd tier UFA (or near) veteran D to complement their homegrown 1st tier prospects
    Mitchell, Scuderi, Regehr

    4) Traded a top aging D (Visnovsky) for experienced young veterans (Stoll, Greene)

    St. Louis is very similar.

    The Oilers shouldn’t trade any of the young D until they have identified who the good ones are and who are the less good ones.Trade them for forwards when you decide they are 2nd tier.Use UFA or near UFA to get veterans to complement.

    Marincin clearly does not look like a 2nd tier defensive prospect.It would be nuts to trade him.

    Good stuff, Godot. I had a look at the Kings defence earlier today, and drew similar conclusions (“Lombardi decisively culled the herd”). Clearly he made a lot of good choices on who to keep and who to move along. Got pretty lucky with Muzzin though.

  19. Woodguy says:

    godot10:
    How did LA build their defense out of a deep pool of drafted defensemen?

    1) Identified the 1st tier and the 2nd tier.
    top tier:Doughty, Voynov, Muzzin, Martiinez
    2nd tier: Johnson, Teubert, Hickey

    2) Traded the 2nd tier prospects for forwards.
    3) Signed 2nd tier UFA (or near) veteran D to complement their homegrown 1st tier prospects
    Mitchell, Scuderi, Regehr

    4) Traded a top aging D (Visnovsky) for experienced young veterans (Stoll, Greene)

    St. Louis is very similar.

    The Oilers shouldn’t trade any of the young D until they have identified who the good ones are and who are the less good ones.Trade them for forwards when you decide they are 2nd tier.Use UFA or near UFA to get veterans to complement.

    Marincin clearly does not look like a 2nd tier defensive prospect.It would be nuts to trade him.

    Agree with Bruce, good post.

    Also like the Finn signing.

    Joensus is a little slow and can’t stay healthy.

    Need Finns.

  20. Hammers says:

    Nothing ventured nothing gained . There is no loss on this move . OKL bound I hope .

  21. Andy P says:

    jp: Quite possibly. They’ll be competing with each other at very least. 4th line filler and/or depth. Just maybe they find a checker who’s worth keeping around. Someone obviously saw something they liked, so why not?

    Edit: Guess it was Virmanen who liked what he saw.

    Except Joensuu has head/health issues. I think this guy may at best be an abrasive MPS and at worst an abrasive Harti replacement.

  22. Andy P says:

    HallDown:
    After the Belov failure, and the fact no other teams were looking at this guy, I’m not holding my breath. That being said, it sounds like the Oilers are building a healthy roster of kids to compete for the 3rd and 4th line jobs in Edmonton. Most are still 2 seasons away (Nurse, Khaira, Yakimov, Gernat, Moroz) but OKC will be well worth keeping an eye on. I like the fact these prospects are all big and mobile. LA Kings have shown us what a modern championship NHL team looks like. Adapt or die.

    I think Belov is a much better defenseman than he appeared to be here in the NHL. On the other hand, ho much can you expect from a player who has only ever been coached by Steve Smith?
    No wonder Belov picked up and left, who wouldn’t?

  23. Ryan says:

    godot10:
    How did LA build their defense out of a deep pool of drafted defensemen?

    1) Identified the 1st tier and the 2nd tier.
    top tier:Doughty, Voynov, Muzzin, Martiinez
    2nd tier: Johnson, Teubert, Hickey

    2) Traded the 2nd tier prospects for forwards.
    3) Signed 2nd tier UFA (or near) veteran D to complement their homegrown 1st tier prospects
    Mitchell, Scuderi, Regehr

    4) Traded a top aging D (Visnovsky) for experienced young veterans (Stoll, Greene)

    St. Louis is very similar.

    The Oilers shouldn’t trade any of the young D until they have identified who the good ones are and who are the less good ones.Trade them for forwards when you decide they are 2nd tier.Use UFA or near UFA to get veterans to complement.

    Marincin clearly does not look like a 2nd tier defensive prospect.It would be nuts to trade him.

    Very well articulated.

    Lord help Mact if he trades Marincin because that would be epically stupid.

  24. Bank Shot says:

    Ryan: Very well articulated.

    Lord help Mact if he trades Marincin because that would be epically stupid.

    What if he gets back a much better, established veteran in return? That wouldn’t be stupid.

    Marincin looks like a good prospect but you’d think he’s a future hall of famer the way he gets talked about around here sometimes. he looks like he could end up a good top four defenceman. I don’t really see star potential yet.

  25. Frank the dog says:

    Most of the trade suggestions I have seen today have been epically stupid. Thank Gord that MacT does not seem to be epically stupid nor Ramsay.

  26. sliderule says:

    The Kings success shows the value of good drafting

    The kings since 2008 have drafted six players in second round or later who were either on their roster or on other nhl rosters.

    They also had Pearson drafted in 2012 in the 30 th spot.

    This good drafting allowed them to fill their roster and use the assets to make trades for players like Scott and Richards.

    The oilers since 2008 have Marincin as their only player taken in later rounds on an nhl roster.

    It’s impossible to make good trades or improve your team with so little assts from draft

  27. Ca$h-Money! says:

    Bank Shot,

    Agreed that we need an experienced top pairing guy. It just seems like selling on Marincin now to bring in a top pairing guy (probably not an elite top pairing guy, probably a guy who’s getting paid too much for too long or who’s on the wrong side of 30) is the type of move that has less of a net impact than what we need. What we need is to have Marincin playing 18 to 20 minutes a night against mid range competition AND a guy who can play 23+ against the best the other team has to offer.

    If we trade the classic “player & prospect & pick” for a top level player the other team is going to look at Marincin as a prospect, so it would be much better to throw in someone who has way more question marks attached to his game but who still has value: Gernat, Musil, Klefbom, Simpson.

    I’ve maintained that I think Musil will have some cache. Heavily scouted as an oil king, big physical presence, high draft pick (again heavily scouted) and perhaps most importantly pedigree by way of his dad. Good chance someone over values Musil, which is why you want to include him in a package.

    He’s the Teubert in this equation… now we just need to find the Tambellini.

  28. Ryan says:

    Bank Shot: What if he gets back a much better, established veteran in return? That wouldn’t be stupid.

    Marincin looks like a good prospect but you’d think he’s a future hall of famer the way he gets talked about around here sometimes. he looks like he could end up a good top four defenceman. I don’t really see star potential yet.

    Well, that’s part of the problem with trading Marincin… Obviously no one is going to send us Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, or Pk Subban for a package including Marincin….

    As mentioned, the best you realistically hope for is Marincin for two years of Coburn. I wouldn’t make that trade and I would trade Klefbomb before Marincin.

    Marincin is 22 years old and unless we see some incredible regression, that’s a lot of years of a top four dman on the table.

  29. sliderule says:

    Before I get jumped on I typed Scott instead of Carter.

    Brain frat!

  30. czar says:

    He’s a Finn. That’s like being from Red Deer only cooler. 22, rock on. Love it.

    I think he’s somewhere between James Dean and David Essex cool, definitely not Red Deer cool.

    Rock On.

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