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Aleksi Heimosalmi Has Been a Force for Team Finland

Aleksi Heimosalmi may not be the name that comes to mind when you think about top defencemen on Team Finland's roster. Your mind tends to wander to Topi Niemela, Kasper Puutio or even Eemil Viro. But Heimosalmi's play so far at the World Junior Classic proves different. Heimosalmi is tied for first in points by a Finnish d-man with Kasper Puutio. He currently has six assists, or six points in five games, also maintaining a rating of positive four. Aleksi Heimosalmi 0+1 Koko kisojen saldo: 4 ottelua 0+4 #Ässät #Liiga — Porin Ässät (@PorinAssat) August 16, 2022   Heimosalmi started the 2022 IIHF World Juniors as the seventh defenceman in the Finland lineup. The Fin has since been moved up to the second pair, alongside Detroit Red Wings' pick Eemil Viro, and also commands the second unit power play   We can see a contrast in Heimosalmi's ice time throughout the tournament. He started the preliminary round averaging 15 minutes per game and ended t

A Peek into the Secrets of Aleksi Heimosalmi + Interview

Aleksi Heimosalmi is a Finnish-born defenceman, currently playing on loan for his hometown team Ässät in the Finnish Liiga. Heimosalmi's National Hockey League rights are owned by the Carolina Hurricanes. The team that selected him in the second round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, 44th overall. The Hurricanes have also inked Heimosalmi to a three-year entry-level contract this past season, before being loaned out to Finland. Heimosalmi has always been a staple in the Finnish hockey system. The right-handed D-man has played in all of the top tournaments and leagues around the country. For example, he played in the U16, U17, U18, and World Juniors tournaments for his country.   One of Heimosalmi's biggest hockey performances has to be his play at the U18's in Texas. The Pori, Finland native scored two goals and had six assists in just seven games. He led the entire tournament in points by a d-man while being named the tournament's best defenceman and a top-3 player on hi

Hurricanes Acquire Max Pacioretty From Vegas

The Carolina Hurricanes have made some significant moves by acquiring all-star players via trade. To start the day, the Canes acquired Brent Burns from the San Jose Sharks, but now they have traded for Max Pacioretty from Vegas.  The deal consists of Vegas sending Max Pacioretty and Dylan Coghlan to Carolina in exchange for future considerations. The Golden Knights were in vital need of cap space, and they gained 7 million dollars in the trade of Pacioretty.  Max Pacioretty was riddled with injuries during the 2021-22 season and only ended up playing 39 games. Vegas struggled in his absence, but the winger had a solid 19 goals and 18 assists.   Dylan Coghlan is a right-handed defenceman who was on-and-off with the Golden Knights' bottom d-line pair. Last season, he played in 59 games, scoring three goals and ten assists. The Hurricanes continue to add superstar veterans to their lineup after a disappointing second-round exit to the Rangers last season.

Tony DeAngelo The STEAL of Free Agency?!

Tony DeAngelo is a controversial figure in the National Hockey League. The former first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has had a tumultuous career and path to the NHL. DeAngelo is known throughout the league as an elite offensive defenseman with a subpar defensive game. DeAngelo's history begins in Sarnia, where he played in the Ontario Hockey League (major-junior league). The defenseman has been suspended several times, including once for using a racial slur. As a result, many NHL teams passed on this highly touted prospect. DeAngelo was eventually drafted late in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning. DeAngelo would bounce around with the Tampa Bay Lightning before being traded to Arizona and then the New York Rangers. DeAngelo would break out and prove to be New York's power-play quarterback during his second season with the Rangers. He'd score 53 points in 68 games and earn a contract extension as a result. The Rangers and DeAngelo would reach an agreement