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Titans Prospects Prepare for VHLM Playoffs




Helsinki, Finland


In a year filled with disappointment and frustration, Titans fans have some positives to look forward to. Kimmo Salo has led the Yukon Rush to the North American Conference Championship Finals. In the European Conference the balanced team approach has put Jake Wylde, Dexter Morgan and the Turku Outlaws into the first round of playoffs.


Salo and Morgan, were the first prospects added to the Titan's franchise in last off-seasons draft, after Mitch Higgins sold the farm before handing the reigns over to Vince Wong. The only player still on the active roster who is expected to play a role in the future of Helsinki is Tyler Owens. While the moves that Higgins made is already looking to play a huge part in the redemption of the Helsinki Titans, the first draft for new GM Wong, looks to be paying off.


Kimmo Salo has proven to be a complete stud in the VHLM. He has league highs in Save Percentage (.917), Goals Against Average (1.66) and Shutouts (12). He's proven to be a great backstop, and will likely be in net for the Titans next season. 


Fellow first round draft pick in the S37 Draft, Dexter Morgan is also playing the way Titans scouts had expected. In 69 games played, Morgan has 67 points. He's shown off an aggressive edge with a decent amount of hits, but where he's really shines is playing a great support playmaking role on the top line with prospects Travis Boychuk (CGY) and Azi Ali (DAV). Morgan is projected to be a role-playing forward who will likely start his career on the first line for Helsinki. Morgan is going to be given a legitimate chance to shine and earn his spot, before the influx of draft picks (8 in the next two drafts) start filling out the rest of the Helsinki roster.


Undrafted Helsinki prospect Jake Wylde is also having a great campaign for the Turku Outlaws. Wylde and his defensive partner Svoboda have been a powerhouse on the blueline. Wylde has 87 points in 69 games, and has a staggering 256 hits, which is the most among first-year VHLM players. Wylde's biggest flaw is his 24 minute average of ice-time, as he will certainly be tested next season when he will be expected to play top line minutes for the Titans.


Helsinki have 2 of the 4 lotto picks in the upcoming draft, as well as a projected 5th overall pick. They will look to add a few players that could actually step right into the starting line up in the next season. This has Helsinki fans very excited for the next season.

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