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Team Finland 2014 WJC Roster
Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen played for Team Finland in last year's World Junior's and is returning this year after being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Team Finland 2014 WJC Roster

With the World Junior Hockey Championships fast approaching, hockey fans are all preparing to watch their national junior teams face off as they represent their home country at a chance for international glory.

This year Team Finland is looking to earn their first medal since their Bronze in 2006 with their strong lineup of 23 strong young Finns, including 6 of which that participated in the World Juniors last year.

The lineup as of now:

Forwards

No. Player 2012-13 Team Draft Status
15 Miro Aaltonen Espoo Blues Undrafted
10 Joel Armia Assat Pori BUF 2011
16 Aleksander Barkov Tappara Tampere 2013
11 Markus Granlund HIFK Helsinki CGY 2011
13 Markus Hannikainen Jokerit Helsinki Undrafted
19 Ville Järveläinen Peliitat Heinola Undrafted
24 Matti Lamberg Jokerit Helsinki Undrafted
28 Artturi Lehkonen KalPa Kuopio 2013
26 Robert Leino HPK Hämeenlinna Undrafted
21 Thomas Nykopp HIFK Helsinki Undrafted
23 Saku Salminen Jokerit Helsinki 2013
22 Miikka Salomaki Karpat Oulu NSH 2012
20 Teuvo Teräväinen Jokerit Helsinki CHI 2012

 

Defence

No. Player 2012-13 Team Draft Status
8 Henri Auvinen JYP-Akatemia Jyväskylä Undrafted
4 Petteri Lindbohm Jokerit Helsinki STL 2012
2 Olli Maatta London Knights (OHL) PIT 2012
12 Ville Pokka Karpat Oulu NYI 2012
3 Juuso Riikola KalPa Kuopio Undrafted
5 Rasmus Ristolainen TPS Turku 2013
27 Juuso Vainio HPK Hämeenlinna Undrafted

 

Goaltenders

No. Player 2012-13 Team Draft Status
31 Janne Juvonen Pelicans Lahti 2013
30 Joonas Korpisalo Jokerit Helsinki CBJ 2012
1 Eetu Laurikainen Swift Current Broncos (WHL) Undrafted

 

Players returning to the lineup are Teuvo Teravainen, Artturi Lehkonen, Ville Pokka, Juuso Vainio, Janne Juvonen, Olli Maatta, Aleksander Barkov, and Rasmus Ristolainen. These players are joined by many talented young prospects, 10 of which, including Ristolainen, have already been drafted into the NHL.

Aleksander Barkov, who has played well in his rookie season with the Florida Panthers, will be returning to Team Finland. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Aleksander Barkov, who has played well in his rookie season with the Florida Panthers, will be returning to Team Finland.
(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Two players expected to be skating for Team Finland were missing from the selection camp but have added to the roster, defenseman Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins and center Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers.

 

Team Finland’s roster looks strong so far, but that is only to be proven through gameplay, which officially begins for the Finns on  Friday, December 27 against Team Norway at 11:30AM (Eastern Time).

Brendon Carlton

Brendon Carlton

20 year old aspiring film director/producer, writer, and lifelong fan of hockey and the Dallas Stars. Dallas Stars contributor for Hooked on Hockey Magazine
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