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

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

Sami Moilanen Having Strong Playoffs For Seattle

Seattle Thunderbirds are only one win away from winning the WHL Championship for the first time in the club’s 40-year history. One of the key players to the team's success in the playoffs has been Finnish rookie Sami Moilanen. The forward has put up 15 points in 19 playoff games. Last night he assisted 5-3 goal in the … Continue reading Sami Moilanen Having Strong Playoffs For Seattle

Three Notes on Team Finland from the U18 World Championship

Finland has gone unbeaten at the U18 World Championship thus far after defeating the host team Slovakia, Switzerland and Latvia. Here are three notes from the tournament. 1. Joni Ikonen and Kristian Vesalainen leading the way offensively Finland's first line has been excellent thus far. Rasmus Kupari was moved to the third line after Linus Nyman joined … Continue reading Three Notes on Team Finland from the U18 World Championship

A Look at Four Prospects from NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Here is a look at four prospects from the Finnish U20 league who are listed in the latest NHL Central Scouting rankings among European skaters. Since the highest ranked player among the four is HPK U20 defenseman Otto Latvala (68th), the main idea of this article is to introduce a few less known Finnish prospects eligible for … Continue reading A Look at Four Prospects from NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Interview with 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Miro Heiskanen

Miro Heiskanen is widely considered one of the best defensemen eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft and is a player who could be selected very early in the draft. The 17-year-old defenseman from Espoo, Finland, is having a very good rookie season for HIFK in the Liiga. He has scored five goals and ten points … Continue reading Interview with 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Miro Heiskanen

Miro Heiskanen – No. 1 Finnish prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft

The first time I saw Miro Heiskanen play in juniors was in 2013-14 season when he played one year up with HIFK U16. You could see that he was very talented, albeit a bit small. But his puck handling skills, offensive instincts and smooth skating were some of the qualities that already stood out back then. … Continue reading Miro Heiskanen – No. 1 Finnish prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft