Tässä Athleticin poiminta Kivirannasta:Ei ainakaan prospect turneessa vakuuttanut. Eiköhän lähes satavarmasti Starsin hyökkäykseen löydy parempiakin vaihtoehtoja.
Noh, onhan noita nähnyt, että joku vakuuttaa junnuja vastaan ja miehissä ei pärjää yhtään yhtään, ja päinvastoin.
Joel Kiviranta: Dallas’ best player in the tournament, which you could’ve predicted simply by looking at his age and resume. The older Finn looked comfortable in his North American debut and plays a style that fits with the relentless mentality that Dallas coach Jim Montgomery wants to preach. He scored a hat trick against the Rangers and was a scoring threat in all four games. He’s not going to play a top-six role if he makes the NHL team, but he has a real chance to reach the league based off this springboard.
“I really enjoyed seeing Kiviranta in this tournament because I hadn’t seen much of him before,” Stars director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell said. “He’s an older guy and was more of a find for our pro scouting guys, so I had seen him in spots. But this was the first chance to really see him up close like that. He’s a player. I think Dallas has a good one.”