HIFK-Pelicans (Liiga): Sebastian Repo

1996 forward Sebastian Repo opened the scoring of the game on power play at the start of the first period. He showed good smarts by getting himself into a scoring position and put a quick wrist shot on the shortside. He had six shots in the game and hit the crossbar in the second period. Repo was also able to sneak into slot in the third period, displaying poise with the puck before getting another good look at the net. His wrist shot is also accurate, plus it was nice to see that he didn’t hesitate to put pucks on net. Repo has a nose for the net.

Even though he has good size at 6’2, 190 lbs, he wasn’t particularly physical or aggressive. However, he did show decent compete level and he wasn’t by any means soft, going into board battles when it was required. Repo made a few smart defensive plays, using his long reach and anticipation to intercept passes, both in the neutral and defensive zone. As an example, he had one solid takeaway in the second period, then made a dump-in so that his line could go for a change.

His skating ability was decent – not extremely quick or explosive, nor great lateral agility, but regardless pretty good for his size and age. However, he had one particularly long shift in the defensive zone and couldn’t keep his feet moving before HIFK scored the tying goal in the first period. Also, late in the game there were a couple of occasions in which he was unable to move the puck quickly enough, resulting in giving the puck away. He was fairly consistent though and definitely among the best Pelicans players in the game.