Iiro Pakarinen put up good numbers in seven games with the Oklahoma City Barons this season. He scored eight points, including a team-high five goals.
His efforts helped earn him a call up by the Oilers. They also left a mark on Barons Head Coach Todd Nelson.
“The first thing that comes to mind when you meet him is how mature he is for his age and he’s a consummate professional,” Nelson said. “He’s played in the international scene but coming here we were expecting a bit of an adjustment, but he adjusted fine. He’s a very complete hockey player. When we were looking at him for some of the areas to help him grow there isn’t a lot there, especially at this level. Everybody can get faster, everybody can shoot harder and move the puck better. With him, he plays a skilled game but he also plays an abrasive style where he’s good defensively, he’s good on the walls and he’s a big, strong guy. He has a lot going on for him. If he plays the way I think he can up in Edmonton I don’t think I’ll get him back.”
Pakarinen makes his NHL and Oilers debut tonight in Boston.