Player Notes: Karhu-Kissat – Jokerit U18

02 F Samuel Helenius – Jokerit U18

Helenius was strong defensively throughout the game. In his first shift, he made a good stick check to prevent a zone entry. He also made a solid block by getting into the shooting lane. Another strong play in the first period was a primary assist where he made himself available for a pass to create a 2-on-1. Helenius supported his teammates well and was aware of his defensive responsibilities. He took some quick wristers on net and displayed good vision from time to time. Moreover, the 6’3 center won face-offs at a high rate. His skating looked pretty good, especially for a player of his size.

03 F Samu Salminen – Jokerit U18

Salminen had a solid game and got on the scoresheet with two goals. In the first one, he moved to the front of the net and showcased a goal-scorer’s touch in tight. His second goal came on a partial breakaway where his separation speed was notable. He made a really good screen on one play. In the first period, he also received a pass off his skates and fired a wrister that just missed far side. Salminen’s acceleration and speed both were good. The biggest takeaway is that he looked like a skilled player with good hockey sense.

03 F Viljam Sandvik – Jokerit U18

Sandvik centered the fourth line and was constantly dangerous with the puck. He was more of a playmaker than a shooter but took pucks to the net when the opportunity presented itself. Sandvik has good stickhandling skills and controlled the puck well in traffic areas. A smooth and agile skater, he could work on his top speed. I liked how he was involved in the physical play at times in the third period.

03 F Rasmus Ruusunen – Jokerit U18

Ruusunen played on the fourth line alongside Sandvik and Olli Österman. Though Sandvik had the most impressive performance of the trio, Ruusunen also played well. He has a very quick first step and good lateral agility. He made a good backcheck in the first period. Much like in previous viewings, I really liked his active game off the puck.