The New York Islanders' prospect will look to take an even bigger role in the Liiga this season.
Here I will compile my notes on some undrafted prospects playing in the Finnish U20 league. This also includes in-game notes from preseason games.
The U16 Finland Lions Summer Cup took place in Helsinki during August 4-6. The teams that participated were HIFK Red, HIFK White, Blues, Blues Akatemia, KJT-Haukat and SHD Midwest from North America. In the final game, Blues defeated HIFK White 4-2, getting two goals from forward Lari Posti and a very strong performance from goalie … Continue reading U16 Finland Lions Summer Cup Recap
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
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
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
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
Here is a preliminary list of Finnish players eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. The list consists of 15 prospects: two goalies, five defensemen and eight forwards. The list will be updated multiple times during the upcoming season. At this point in time, the players are listed in alphabetical order and the list only includes players … Continue reading 2018 NHL Draft Preliminary List
The 2017 USHL Draft Phase 2 Draft featured 12 Finnish players. For the second year in a row, there were more than 10 Finnish prospects selected in the draft. Sioux Falls Stampede picked the first Finnish player in 1999 born forward Aarne Talvitie. The Penn State University commit had a solid campaign for Blues U20 while centering … Continue reading 2017 USHL Phase 2 Draft Review
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