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European Prospect Review: Nättinen nets it for Finland

Joonas Nattinen stood out among Habs prospects involved in international action this past week.

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With three out of four players that hit the ice registering at least a point, and the other playing a defensively sound game for his national team, I have to say it was a good week for the European prospects.

All week 27

Joonas Nattinen, JYP

Nättinen played two games for Finland against Sweden and scored his first goal, benefiting from a good forecheck form Artturi Lehkonen, and a lucky bounce off Tim Heed. To be fair, Nättinen was probably looking for Ilari Filppula or Artturi Lehkonen, and got the bounce instead.

In any case, overall play from Nättinen was good, and he finished the two games with a goal and a plus-one rating.

Nattinen week 27

Lukas Vejdemo, Djurgården Hockey

Vejdemo must have been impatient to get back to action during the national break. In a furious first period, he scored a goal and screened the goalkeeper for another. This helped Djurgården to turn an early 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 lead after the first period.

The match eventually finished tied at four, and Djurgården got the win via the shootout.

Vejdemo week 27

Magnus Nygren, Färjestad BK

Nygren was a little up and down for Sweden. Relied upon to handle tough assignments during both games, he did manage an assist, but also finished as a minus-one with two penalty minutes.

He returned back to Swedish ice and played a solid game for Färjestad against Örebro. He did however miss in the shootout, and Färjestad lost the game.

Nygren week 27

Artturi Lehkonen, Frölunda HC

Lehkonen was on a line with Nättinen for the internationals, and they played very well together. They had more of a shutdown role, as Patrik Laine and Sebastian Aho made their debuts for the national team.

Lehkonen was solid, and showed the same qualities that has made him indispensable in Frölunda this season. Unfortunately he couldn't find the scoresheet, so no first point with the national team for Lehkonen.

Lehkonen week 27

Martin Reway, Fribourg-Gottéron

There is still no news regarding Réway from Fribourg-Gottéron. He was not part of the Slovakian team this weekend, and is hopefully recovering completely before even thinking about getting back on the ice. Fribourg has been hit by quite a few concussions this season, so they should have their concussion protocol up to date.

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