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Sabres Trade Alex Nylander to Chicago for D Man Henri Jokiharju

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Safe to assume an exchange of disappointing 1rd picks?

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For the sake of our collective sanity, I hope Nylander doesn't completely turn it around like Dylan Strome did after arriving in Chicago. I might be a bad person for feeling that way. 

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Running a 5 Man Defenseman Unit is one way to promote shot suppression 

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2017 1st round, #29 overall RHD

 His ability to carve in and out through traffic, especially in the neutral zone is very good, Hockeyprospect.com 2017

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1 minute ago, Weave said:

Safe to assume an exchange of disappointing 1rd picks?

I would guess so

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Clearly something more is in the works. with all those D.

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So how is this name pronounced?  I'm just chuckling thinking of Rob Ray.

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Holy crap. Expected player traded. Unexpected return.

Jokiharju has not disappointed.

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Scouting Report

There are always risky picks, but Jokiharju’s limitations in size and strength doesn’t mean he’ll never get big enough to handle an NHL workload. Two things this Finn does well are skate and handle the puck, but his defensive zone play was quite good considering he was a first-timer in North America. Don’t sleep on this kid — he seems to relish challenges when the spotlight shines brightest. Jokiharju is a power play quarterback who skates very well and connects with his stretch passes, but also shows he won’t back down from a challenge while battling in his own end. That doesn’t mean he’s physical — Jokiharju will never be confused with Brooks Orpik. But he’s a poised character who can handle a heavy forecheck and skate his way out of most jams. His shot is somewhat average but he has a quick release and isn’t afraid to throw it at the net. He was buried on Portland’s bottom pairing because of a numbers crunch, but the departure of Oilers prospect Caleb Jones to the WJC saw a huge spike in minutes and level of responsibility. Jokiharju can log a lot of ice time and play extended shifts without skipping a beat, and it didn’t take him long to adjust to the rough-and-tumble WHL style. 

 

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Just now, dudacek said:

Holy crap. Expected player traded. Unexpected return.

Jokiharju has not disappointed.

Do you know anything about him? I think it's safe to assume most of us have never heard of the guy

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2 minutes ago, Weave said:

Safe to assume an exchange of disappointing 1rd picks?

Potentially but should be noted his draft year was a full season later and D take longer to develop.  It would be tough to write a bust label or anything close to that I'm assuming.

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Just now, triumph_communes said:

All the Chicago fans wanted to trade him for William... they're going to be so disappointed when he brings back only Alex..

When/where did you see this? Curious if they thought that high of Jokiharju

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The tweets I'm reading from people who can formulate basic sentences instead of GIFS and memes seem to think JBott fleeced CHI here.

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Just now, Derrico said:

Potentially but should be noted his draft year was a full season later and D take longer to develop.  It would be tough to write a bust label or anything close to that I'm assuming.

Yup, good points

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Another scouting report

SCOUTING REPORT

Is an excellent offensive defenseman with the ability to quarterback the power play. His great passing skills also set him apart from the crowd. Owns tremendous mobility and confidence with the puck. Does not own ideal size (6-0, 180 pounds) for a National Hockey League blueliner, so he must add some more bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize his defensive output at the highest level.

Right handed also, way too many on that side of the ice, something else has to be in the works

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He played 38 games for the hawks last year, and was expected to land a spot this year.    I think this is a great trade for us.

But damn JBOT needs to find some takers for some of our D now lol.

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1 minute ago, Zamboni said:

Scouting Report

There are always risky picks, but Jokiharju’s limitations in size and strength doesn’t mean he’ll never get big enough to handle an NHL workload. Two things this Finn does well are skate and handle the puck, but his defensive zone play was quite good considering he was a first-timer in North America. Don’t sleep on this kid — he seems to relish challenges when the spotlight shines brightest. Jokiharju is a power play quarterback who skates very well and connects with his stretch passes, but also shows he won’t back down from a challenge while battling in his own end. That doesn’t mean he’s physical — Jokiharju will never be confused with Brooks Orpik. But he’s a poised character who can handle a heavy forecheck and skate his way out of most jams. His shot is somewhat average but he has a quick release and isn’t afraid to throw it at the net. He was buried on Portland’s bottom pairing because of a numbers crunch, but the departure of Oilers prospect Caleb Jones to the WJC saw a huge spike in minutes and level of responsibility. Jokiharju can log a lot of ice time and play extended shifts without skipping a beat, and it didn’t take him long to adjust to the rough-and-tumble WHL style. 

 

Didn't have to read anymore.  This is a JBott kind of guy.

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Just now, WildCard said:

Do you know anything about him? I think it's safe to assume most of us have never heard of the guy

Just that he was a late 1st puck mover and Hawk fans were very high on him a year ago.

Played half a season in the NHL last year, which is unusual for a 20-year-old D-man

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