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Another Fine Finn

Wednesday, 09.17.2003 / 12:00 AM / News
Dallas Stars



September 17, 2003

By J. Douglas Foster

One would have been hard pressed to find anyone at Dobson Ice Arena Wednesday who wasn't overly impressed with young left wing Antti Miettinen.

Much like the Stars' scouting department has been for quite some time.

Miettinen, the Finnish Elite League Player of the Year last season with 50 points in 53 games while playing for HPK Hameenlinna, was equally impressive during Wednesday's scrimmage while paired with fellow countryman Niko Kapanen and all-star right wing Bill Guerin.

That line just happened to be on the ice for all five goals -- two by Miettinen and three by Guerin -- as their squad skated to a 5-0 decision in the first of two 30-minute scrimmage sessions.

And everyone noticed.

"They were pretty good," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Right from the first shift."

First, Miettinen scored off an assist from Guerin, and Miettinen returned the favor by setting up Guerin to make it 2-0. Guerin scored again off a Don Sweeney assist to make it 3-0, and during the next shift Miettinen scored off a Kapanen assist to make it 4-0.

Guerin closed the scoring off a Kapanen assist, ripping one in from a sharp angle before taking time to praise his young Finnish linemates.

"They were pretty darn good," Guerin said. "They are both really creative with the puck. They just keep moving all the time."

So, did Miettinen's performance help earn him a spot on the Stars' 23-man roster?

"He's going to help himself out if he keeps playing like that," Guerin said. "He's impressed a lot of people. And not just people upstairs, but the guys in the locker room too. He's a good kid and he's been working real hard."

In fact, Miettinen has had a good camp since the first day.

But his big day during the scrimmage was the best yet.

"He's been good every day," Tippett said. "But he certainly showed the poise and skills to compete at this level (Wednesday)."

Miettinen said he wasn't coming to camp thinking whether he would or would not make the Dallas squad.

He just wanted to compete, figuring the chips would fall for him if he played well enough.

"I'm just focusing on doing my best," he said. "I'm not thinking too much about making the team."

If he keeps playing like he did Thursday, he won't have to think about making it.

He just will.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 2 1 1 -1 2
C. Sceviour 2 1 1 0 2
A. Chiasson 2 1 1 -3 2
T. Seguin 2 1 0 0 1
R. Garbutt 2 1 0 1 1
S. Horcoff 2 0 1 1 1
T. Daley 2 0 1 -1 1
A. Goligoski 2 0 1 1 1
J. Benn 2 0 1 1 1
A. Roussel 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 0 2 0 .870 3.56
 
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