TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 4: IIRO PAKARINEN

The Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish tend to buy from Euro shelves at least once a summer (Belov, Joensuu, Grebs a year ago, this fellow in 2014). Steve Tambellini did it too—who can forget the Lennart Petrell era—and honestly it often doesn’t work out. A good rule of thumb on these things? If the Euro gets a second contract—this doesn’t apply to Lennart Petrell—then it’s a good deal.

  • 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)

IIRO PAKARINEN RE 14-15 PREVIEW

PPG NAME GP G A PTS
.517 IIRO PAKARINEN OKC RE 14-15 60 17 14 31
.143 IIRO PAKARINEN OILERS RE 14-15 7 0 1 1

KIRK LUEDEKE

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.

  • SM-Liiga 2013-14: 60GP, 20-10-30
  • World Championships: 10GP, 3-0-3
  1. Do you have any idea if he’s good enough to play in the NHL this season? Nope. Skating may have improved since his draft year (Luedeke’s report is from the draft season of 2011).
  2. How many players eligible for the 2011 draft are in the NHL? Two Oilers (Nuge, Klef) and 50 overall. He would have been eligible for the 2009 and 2010 drafts as well—born late August of 1991—but this past season he blossomed offensively.
  3. Where does he rank on the RW depth chart? I have it Eberle, Yakupov, Purcell, Pitlick, Pakarinen, Pinizzotto, Miller.
  4. Is there a chance he jumps past all but the top three and lands an NHL job? Oh yes. I’d say 25% chance, something like that number.
  5. What he is most famous for? It’s in the video.

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13 Responses to "TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 4: IIRO PAKARINEN"

  1. RexLibris says:

    Nice move by the Ducks. Classy.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=458489

  2. boxman says:

    Iiro Pakarinen is a Finn……..we love Finns………Iiro Pakarinen is then/than a prospect.

  3. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Great vid, too bad it didn’t capture the live call. By post goal the Finnish announcer had clearly resumed his normal dour self.

    I can’t see that sequence without wincing. Brutal play by Myers, but Scrivens could have bailed him out with what would have appeared a fairly routine save. It wouldn’t have been, the puck wobbled right through that tiny triangular hole behind the heel of the goal stick and just inside the right pad/knee. Seeing-eye single, a two-hopper that found a hole in the infield, but it was the decider.

    On the bright side, Pakarinen is clearly a deadly sniper with an amazingly accurate shot, so what could possibly go wrong?

  4. gr8one says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Great vid, too bad it didn’t capture the live call. By post goal the Finnish announcer had clearly resumed his normal dour self.

    I can’t see that sequence without wincing. Brutal play by Myers, but Scrivens could have bailed him out with what would have appeared a fairly routine save. It wouldn’t have been, the puck wobbled right through that tiny traingular hole behind the heel of the goal stick and just inside the right pad/knee. Seeing-eye single, a two-hopper that found a hole in the infield, but it was the decider.

    On the bright side, Pakarinen is clearly a deadly sniper with an amazingly accurate shot, so what could possibly go wrong?

    Was going to say that’s a pretty weak/flukey goal by scrivens, but then, well, McCurdy butted in and said it way better.

  5. justDOit says:

    His first name is perfect for a pest-type player – Iirotator!

  6. Woodguy says:

    Finns!

    Need some good ones dammit!

    Hope he turns out.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy:
    Finns!

    Need some good ones dammit!

    Hope he turns out.

    Yep.

  8. meanashell11 says:

    Yep^2

  9. Ryan says:

    meanashell11:
    Yep^2

    yep^3

    What is this king of the hill v2? :)

  10. Ryan says:

    Woodguy:
    Finns!

    Need some good ones dammit!

    Hope he turns out.

    LT’s youtube reeks of, “Saw him good” unfortunately.

  11. Lowetide says:

    10 kids ready to turn pro next summer, how do the Oilers make room? http://oilersnation.com/2014/8/1/a-change-is-gonna-do-you-good-2014

  12. supernova says:

    I like the oilers taking shots of these type of guys, much prefer this type of 29 year old AHL Wingers

    Go Finn Go

  13. supernova says:

    Lowetide:
    10 kids ready to turn pro next summer, how do the Oilers make room? http://oilersnation.com/2014/8/1/a-change-is-gonna-do-you-good-2014

    Could see the Oilers easily flushing 10 of the 13 maybe more, big year for a lot of guys.

    Like you stated many times MacT is putting the guys he didn’t grab at a crossroads. Play well or hit the road.

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