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Oulun Karpat Repeats As SM Liiga Champions

Posted By Chris Ransom on 5/8/2015

Oulun Karpat defeated Tappara in an intense 7 game series to win the SM Liiga league for the second year in a row. Oulun Karat also known as Karpat has a great chance to three peat.

Jesse Puljujarvi, a 2016 NHL Draft prospect will join this Karpat team on the main roster rather than playing on Oulun Karpat's under 18 Team.Puljujarvi is in a 3 way race between right winger Auston Matthews of Team USA, Jacob Chychurn the Sarnia Sting top defenseman and Puljujarvi.

Tappara will also have a top 10 prospect in Patrik Laine, a 6-4 210 lb left winger. Laine will need a better supporting cast if he continues to thrive.

The MVP of this championship for Oulun Karpat had to be playmaker center Joonas Kemppainen. Kemppainen had 10 goals, 14 assists, and 24 points during the 2015 SM Liiga Playoffs. Right winger Joonas Donskoi was second in the SM Liiga in points during the 2015 SM Liiga Playoffs right behind Kemppainen. I think Donskoi will move to left wing in 2015-2016 allowing Puljujarvi to adjust to the line 1 right wing role that he's comfortable with. Having all those guys on the top line next season gives Oulun Karpat a great chance to pull off a 3-peat in Finland.

We'll see if Oulun Karpat pulls off an unlikely three peat. At this point Karpat has to be the early favorite in Finland.

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