Colts’ Nattinen Named to 2016 Finnish National Team WJC Selection Camp
Article courtesy of www.worldjunior2016.com
27 players will battle to get the chance to represent Finland on the home ice at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Head Coach Jukka Jalonen chose 27 potential players for the selection camp prior to the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The camp will start on 13th December at the Vierumaki Training Centre. The roster includes three goalkeepers, 10 defencemen and 14 forwards. The final team will include 23 players (3 goalkeepers and 20 skaters).
In his first OHL season, Anaheim Ducks prospect Julius Nattinen has appeared in 24 games for the Barrie Colts recording 10 goals and 32 points with 10 PIMS ranking him third in team scoring.
Two young Finnish stars from professional leagues in North America, Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen and Toronto Marlies forward Kasperi Kapanen, will join the team later.
Prior to the tournament Finland will play two exhibition games – on 21st of December in Hameenlinna against Switzerland and on 22nd of December in Lahti against the U.S.
The final roster for the hosts will be announced after these games.
Finland will play the first game at the home tournament on Boxing Day against Belarus.
Camp Roster Finland
Kaapo Kahkonen, Blues Espoo (Liiga)
Emil Larmi, Peliitat Heinola (Mestis)
Veini Vehvilainen, JYP Jyvaskyla (Liiga)
Olli Juolevi, London Knights (OHL)
Miro Keskitalo, TPS Turku (Liiga)
Jesper Mattila, Ilves Tampere (Liiga)
Niko Mikkola, KalPa Kuopio (Liiga)
Sami Niku, JYP Jyvaskyla (Liiga)
Vili Saarijarvi, Flint Firebirds (OHL)
Robin Salo, Vaasan Sport (Liiga)
Eetu Sopanen, Peliitat Heinola (Mestis)
Joni Tuulola, HPK Hameenlinna (Liiga)
Urho Vaakanainen, Espoo Blues (Liiga)
Sebastian Aho, Karpat Oulu (Liiga)
Kasper Bjorkqvist, Espoo Blues (Liiga)
Roope Hintz, HIFK Helsinki (Liiga)
Antti Kalapudas, Karpat Oulu (Liiga)
Patrik Laine, Tappara Tampere (Liiga)
Juho Lammikko, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Miro Makinen, Jukurit Mikkeli (Mestis)
Julius Nattinen, Barrie Colts (OHL)
Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat Oulu (Liiga)
Sebastian Repo, Pelicans Lahti (Liiga)
Aleksi Saarela, Assat Pori (Liiga)
Miska Siikonen, Pelicans Lahti (Liiga)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa Kuopio (Liiga)
Patrik Virta, TPS Turku (Liiga)