• ECL 5 - Hidden Gems: Lamsa


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    Lamsa - Rusty Blades (RB)

    ECL Hidden Gems is a concept that was created by @The_Alpha_Furyan and @pnordetun (patovic). The idea evolved out of discussions concerning what type of content patovic himself would like to see more of at NHLGamer.com and what kind of texts he'd be most interested in writing. Hidden Gems, for the purposes of this feature, means players that the author feels haven't quite gotten their time to shine at NHLGamer or players that aren't getting full credit for the skill they bring to the table. This is the second edition in a six-part series that patovic has written so do enjoy the witty writing of "pato" and leave a comment with your thoughts on the piece.

    After the first edition of Hidden Gems, which was more of a "old school" type gem, we return with this second installment that is focused on a player that manages to be a veteran and a new addition to the community both at the same time. I am of course talking about good ol' @Lamsafrom Rusty Blades - a man so good on the offensive side of the puck that all of your team better be prepared to focus 110% when going up against Rusty Blades.

    The franchise itself has only participated in ECLs 3, 4 & 5 but wow (!) have they been taking some major steps in the right direction. After making their debut in ECL 3 to mixed reviews (IMDB rating: 6,1), they went back to the drawing board and decided to grind out some serious practice. And by "some", I mean a lot. I am not sure if any team played more EASHL games than Rusty between ECL 3 and 4 but they managed to do exactly what they set out to do - build a foundation for their style of play and learn how to play against (and defeat) the very best ECL teams.

    Under captain @Tanski87, Rusty have perfected the art of "brunk and dump hockey" mixed with some tic tac toe and have managed to make it the key to their success. In all this, Lamsa is the true catalyst: leading the way with all the different types of goals, assists and dirtyness only a true Kantor can bring.

    While being underrated on the defensive side of things - he describes himself as a defensive playmaker - Lamsa is most comfortable scoring points using his straight-forward style (the anti-skill hockey?) that has resulted in 155 goals and 101 assist in 112 games played.

    The fact that Lamsa is Rustys go-to guy in the scoring department get quite obvious when you consider the fact that in ECL 3 (Legacy) he scored 20 points more than anyone else on the RB squad. For next season, ECL 4 (Pro), he finished a full 33 points ahead of #2 and finally, in ECL 5 (Elite) he managed to repeat the feat once more by scoring 14 points more than his closest teammate.

    Now, Rusty has managed to build what many call the ultimate teamplay-focused team where every skater is a key cog in the machinery and they have certainly become one of the best at what they do, but when the chips are down and they need that one key play - Lamsa is most likely smack in the middle of it.

    Before ECL 5 I am sure many were curious how RB and Lamsa would hold up against Elite competition, but both of them certainly managed to put a sock in the mouth of their detractors. Rusty Blades by finishing 8th overall, making the playoffs and pushing Aapon Taikasauva to six games in their playoff series and Lamsa by scoring 25 goals and finishing tied for 9th in Goals amongst all Elite skaters.

    I think we can safely establish once and for all that, unlike the Dent Act and Roberts Rebellion, Lamsa is not built on a lie.

    Lamsa Fact Box [Player profile]

    • Lauri Lämsä, Finland
    • ECL All-Time Stats: 112GP, 155G, 101A, 256P, +33
    • Participated in ECL 3, 4 & 5 at NHLGamer: all three for Rusty Blades
    • Favors the RW position in EASHL
    • Part of Rusty Blades squad that got promoted from ECL Pro - ECL Elite after ECL 4
    • Runner-up and silver medalist for the 50 Shades of Blades in Summer Cup 2

     

     

    Text by: @pnordetun
    Intro and editing by: @The_Alpha_Furyan
    Art by: @OxtreeLAT

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    I had him on my top list of best RW's in the community when there was a thread about it a while ago. Probably one of the better defensive RW's I've played with as he is truly great at playing the peek-a-boo game where it first looks like he is way too defensively positioned but when you least expect it, he takes a few strides forward and makes those dirty interceptions. Great at scoring those unflashy goals that most players would fail at scoring due to wanting it to look "good". So to wrap my rant up, keep up the great work both individually and as a team. See you on the ice you dirty old kantor :)

     

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    Suggestion. Next time make story about new players who might be next superstars. Like Xdoumi etc. Now you're making storys about mid-level players. Sry for those who now thinks they are hidden gems. Peace and love.:x

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    13 minutes ago, Tuukka.R said:

    Suggestion. Next time make story about new players who might be next superstars. Like Xdoumi etc. Now you're making storys about mid-level players. Sry for those who now thinks they are hidden gems. Peace and love.:x

    Lamsa who made it to the Summer Cup finals this summer and now leading his team who no one believed in to the ELITE playoffs in front of several top ranked teams. Mid-level players? Take a step down please Tuukka.R. 

    Peace and love :x

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    16 minutes ago, LastMandalorian said:

    Lamsa who made it to the Summer Cup finals this summer and now leading his team who no one believed in to the ELITE playoffs in front of several top ranked teams. Mid-level players? Take a step down please Tuukka.R. 

    Peace and love :x

    Ape aka ecl champ steps down? Naaahh... Apes :x

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    39 minutes ago, Tuukka.R said:

    Suggestion. Next time make story about new players who might be next superstars. Like Xdoumi etc. Now you're making storys about mid-level players. Sry for those who now thinks they are hidden gems. Peace and love.:x

    xDoumi superstar and Lamsa mid-level:D interesting points of view.. or just really nasty drugs. 

    Maybe you are up next one then;)

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    1 minute ago, Bjono said:

    xDoumi superstar and Lamsa mid-level:D interesting points of view.. or just really nasty drugs. 

    Maybe you are up next one then;)

    Next superstar

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    42 minutes ago, Tuukka.R said:

    Suggestion. Next time make story about new players who might be next superstars. Like Xdoumi etc. Now you're making storys about mid-level players. Sry for those who now thinks they are hidden gems. Peace and love.:x

    When we start up our next series: "Arrogant children in the community who have no respect for others" - I guarantee you will be our first call!

    Peace and love :x

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    I dont want to offend anyone. And no im not either disrespectful. Just wanted to point that youre hidden gem could be really hidden gems. Ofc now current gems can be little upset but its just my personal opinion. Sorry if my thought hurts like a hell. :$

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    I dont understand how youre taking doumi as an example. I believe hidden gem posts are more about players that are a bit unknown to others or underrated. Floor isnt unknown player for most, but lamsa can be for some still. Taking doumi as an example as hes known very well inside the community with his skill set, he shouldnt be in the hidden gem section for that reason. This is more like about players that are underrated compared to their level of skill in my opinion.

    You need to remember always that when these posts are made, they are made by the creators opinion, not the communitys.

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    13 minutes ago, Tuukka.R said:

    I dont want to offend anyone. And no im not either disrespectful. Just wanted to point that youre hidden gem could be really hidden gems. Ofc now current gems can be little upset but its just my personal opinion. Sorry if my thought hurts like a hell. :$

    You are of course allowed to have an opinion, we encourage it! :) 

    Just as others are allowed to think that the manner in which you voice those opinions comes across as somewhat arrogant and condescending. Maybe you didn't mean to be disrespectful, maybe you are trying to save face here - to me it doesn't matter, what is done is done and it is what it is.

    I understand that you want your friend Doumi to be featured, I do too. He is a tremendous EASHL player, just like you are Ape. If I remember correctly, I believe the term "next superstar" that keeps getting thrown around about xDoumi actually came from one of the texts I wrote a few months ago. I could be wrong though, I just have a vague memory that I wrote something like that.

    I will leave you with this thought: When you came into this article and started talking down the people who are featured ("...players that the author feels haven't quite gotten their time to shine at NHLGamer or players that aren't getting full credit for the skill they bring to the table" - from the article) because you thought it would be fun, how did you think that was going to make you look?

    Or did you not care at all?

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    Having suggestions or thoughts is one thing. Stumbling in to take away the spotlight of a certain player by putting them down with certain comments, and having the need to share your own negative thoughts about how much someone else deserves this instead, is another thing. And it’s pretty meh according to me.

    Prove yourself on the ice and feel good about yourself and your friends while doing so instead. Everything isn’t a contest, everything isn’t about boosting your own selfesteem over someone else. This is just straight up a really nice thing and article series made with the publishers own thoughts, with good intentions for the community and the players within. Let’s keep it like that.

     :x 

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    Pato is doing great work in here I think. At least I love reading these... I get this Hidden Gem idea, would be boring to read this kinda stuff about already known Gems. Or dunno, Ape is one of a kind and Torro only black NHL player? Would be fun to get these two for interview. :D

    Anyway. News, articles, podcasts... Everything is more than welcome! Cama, keep it coming. :o

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