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Tuulola considering options for next season

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- It’s busy times for Calgary Flames prospect Eetu Tuulola.

He was drafted twice in the same week.

After being selected in the sixth round (No. 156) in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY on June 24, Tuulola was plucked 40th overall by the Everett Silvertips in the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft four days later.

It’s left the native of Hämeenlinna, FIN a few options on where he could spend his 2016-17 season.

And it’s a decision he has yet to make.

“I don’t know yet,” Tuulola said. “I have to discuss that with my agent and with my family. Then I’ll make my decision.

“Probably in a few weeks.”

Tuuola has spent the past two seasons primarily with HPK’s Under-20 team, scoring 30 goals and 42 points over 62 games. He also played 10 games with HPK in Liiga in 2015-16, recording one assist in 10 games.

The 18-year-old also had two goals and four points in seven games to help Finland to gold at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

"We’re very excited on the opportunity to select Eetu," Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson said in a release. "We’ve become very familiar with his game after observing his development in under-17 and under-18 events. He is a big power forward who delivers a heavy shot and it shouldn’t be surprising he’s developed into a bonafide CHL Import pick and NHL Entry Draft pick."

Marko Tuulola, Eetu’s father, spent his entire 26-year playing career -- including 22 professional seasons -- in Sweden and Finland.

“Going back for those kids is always good,” Treliving started.

“I think his game is more suited for the North American game. Talking with him, that’s really what he’s looking at. He likes the small rink and banging into each other. He thinks that’s kind of cool. I think it’s going to suit him well if that’s indeed which way he goes.”

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