Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Ville Pokka and Mike Matheson
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Ville Pokka Karpat Oulu, SM-liiga (Finland)
Mike Matheson Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL
This past season was Ville Pokka’s first in the SM-liiga, Finland’s top league, meaning that unlike most other eligible players, Pokka played competed against men, and not junior players. With Karpat, Pokka was the youngest player on the team and as a result did not see much ice time, scoring just three points. He did however play in the World Junior Championships, helping lead Finland to the semi-finals before bowing out in a shootout to eventual champion Sweden. With four points in seven games, the Tornio, Finland native was first among Finnish defenseman in scoring at the tournament.
Slated to play next season with the defending national champion Boston College Eagles, Matheson will look to improve on what scouts have described as an “inconsistent year” with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. Despite the inconsistencies, Matheson still managed to lead all Fighting Saints defensemen with 27 points in 53 games. Despite Dubuque’s short postseason run, Matheson finished the 2011-12 campaign with 10 points in his last nine regular season and playoff games.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Ville Pokka is a puck-moving defender. His passing and accuracy is good. He has a decent shot from the blue line and is a steady player.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Mike Matheson is a good skater and has good top-end speed. He plays the body and reads the play well. He is willing to join the rush on the attack.