Previewing 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

The Finnish team for the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup was announced earlier today. The roster consists of two goalies, eight defensemen and 12 forwards, with 14 prospects being eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft and eight for the 2019 draft. Three prospects are eligible to play also in next year's tournament - forward Kaapo … Continue reading Previewing 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

2018 NHL Draft – Top 15 Player Profiles

About two weeks ago I released my Top 15 list of Finnish prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. Next I will introduce all these players with quick profiles. The players are still in alphabetical order, but as I mentioned in the first article, the list will be updated throughout the next season. Also, the ranking will … Continue reading 2018 NHL Draft – Top 15 Player Profiles

NHL Development Camp Information

By my unofficial count, 53 Finnish prospects have attended NHL development camps this summer. There will be three more players next week when the Chicago Blackhawks' camp begins on Monday. Defensemen Henri Jokiharju (2017, 1st round), Roope Laavainen (2017, 4th round) and Joni Tuulola (2015, 6th round) are listed on the roster. In this article … Continue reading NHL Development Camp Information

Prospect Watch: Roope Hintz Heading off to North America

The Dallas Stars signed Roope Hintz to a three-year entry-level contract in May. The 20-year-old forward capped off his second Liiga season with HIFK strong, registering 14 points (3-11-14) to lead the league in scoring in the postseason. He scored 30 points in the regular season and tallied 19 goals to finish among Top 10 … Continue reading Prospect Watch: Roope Hintz Heading off to North America

2017 NHL Draft Profile: Kristian Vesalainen

Player: Kristian Vesalainen Team: HPK (Liiga) Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left Height: 6’3.75” Weight: 209 lbs Pros Having seen Vesalainen's games since he played two years up with HIFK U16, his skating has definitely come a long way and can be considered a strength now. He has really good speed for a big kid and … Continue reading 2017 NHL Draft Profile: Kristian Vesalainen