Teräväinen, Pokka lead Finns into U18’s

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Potential first round picks Teuvo Teräväinen and Ville Pokka will lead Finland’s entry at the World Under-18 Championship in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic, April 12-22, 2012.

Teräväinen, Finland’s top prospect for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in June, is in the top-15 in Future Considerations’ ranking for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Pokka, who has been ranked in the first round at various times this season, also represented Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship, recording a goal and three assists in seven games.

The preliminary roster also features Rasmus Ristolainen, a top prospects for 2013. Aleksander Barkov, eligible in 2014, was also named to the roster. Barkov became the youngest player to ever score a goal at the World Junior Championship when he accomplished the feat this December at the age of 16 years, four months, eclipsing Sidney Crosby’s record.

Preliminary Roster:

Goaltenders: Jean Aurén (Sport Pelicans), Atte Tolvanen (Ässät Porin), Joonas Korpisalo (Jokerit Helsinki), Juuse Saros (HPK Hämeelina) .

Defenceman: Markus Kojo (Ässät Porin), Mikko Lehtonen (TPS Turku), Esa Lindell (Jokerit Helsinki), Atte Mäkinen (Tappara Tampere), Valtteri Parikka (KalPa Kuopio), Ville Pokka (Kärpät Oulu), Rasmus Ristolainen (TPS Turku), Santeri Saari (Jokerit Helsinki), Niklas Tikkinen (Espoo Blues), Juuso Vainio (HPK Hämeelina), Mikko Vainonen (HIFK Helsinki) .

Forwards: Joose Antonen (Ilves Tampere), Aleksander Barkov (Tappara Tampere), Nico Friman (HIFK Helsinki), Henrik Haapala (Tappara Tampere), Joonas Huovinen (Sport Pelicans), Henri Ikonen (KalPa Kuopio), Juuso Ikonen (Espoo Blues), Janne Juutinen (HIFK Helsinki), Rasmus Kulmala (TPS Turku), Artturi Lehkonen (TPS Turku), Samu Markkula (JYP Jyväskylä), Aleksi Mustonen (Jokerit Helsinki), Topi Nättinen (JYP Jyväskylä), Joni Nikko (Lukko Rauma), Eetu Patronen (KalPa Kuopio), Aleksi Rutanen (Espoo Blues), Saku Salminen (Jokerit Helsinki), Jonatan Tanus (Tappara Tampere), Teuvo Teräväinen (Jokerit Helsinki).

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