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Another Fine Finn

Tuesday, 09.16.2003 / 11:00 PM CT / News
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Another Fine Finn



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 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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