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MONTREAL -- The Canadiens selected Finnish centerman Joonas Nattinen at No. 65 overall.

The 6-foot-2, 183-pounder played in the Finnish Junior league last season where he had 38 points in 30 games, including 29 assists. The playmaking center from Jamsa, Finland is a well-rounded two-way player who suited up for his homeland at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa, where he had three points in six games and was the third best faceoff man in the tournament at 63 percent.

Nattinen becomes the fourth player to ever be selected 65th by the Canadiens and the first Finn nabbed by Montreal on Draft day since 2003, when Oskari Korpikari got the call at No. 217 overall. While it may be too soon to tell for Olivier Fortier who went 65th in 2007, no player chosen at this spot by Montreal has ever reached the NHL, with far from household names IIka Mikkola and Lee Brodeur being the other two players.

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I for one am excited to see him play. We got a big centerman who can develop to be an Olli Jokinen :)

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and he's one of the best when it comes to faceoffs. :) Sure, it's a small sample but it feels good.

Although, I'm kind of disappointed when it comes to his offensive production. Expected a bit more, I guess.

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and he's one of the best when it comes to faceoffs. :) Sure, it's a small sample but it feels good.

Although, I'm kind of disappointed when it comes to his offensive production. Expected a bit more, I guess.

he looks awkward out there but he seems to be able to win a draw,

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Good pick :) - still 17 years old 6' 2" 183 lbs - maybe 6' 3" 200 + .

In his interview he mentioned part of his play is like Jason Spezza :D .

He said he was sort of like Mikka Koivu and Jason Spezza, if he's got that kind of talent and drive we may have a great young Center coming soon.

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