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Jokinen happy to see Oilers Finn

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:09 PM ET

CALGARY From one Finn to another, welcome to the NHL, kid.

Olli Jokinen might be one of the few Calgary Flames whos actually glad to see Teemu Hartikainen playing his way onto the Edmonton Oilers front burner.

Its good to see him doing well, theres not too many Finnish guys around the NHL, said the veteran Flame. We need those new young Finns to come in and be impact players.

And from what hes seen of Hartikainen, the future looks pretty bright.

Hes good. I saw him play in the World Juniors last year and hes from the same home town. He impressed me a lot. Hes a strong kid, he protects the puck and he won most of this battles against us last time, which is a good sign for a young player. Usually that first year in North America the guys are a little bit weak and might need a few years.

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