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

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

Henrik Borgström Named NCHC Rookie of the Year

University of Denver forward Henrik Borgström was named NCHC Rookie of the Year yesterday. Borgström, a first round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2016, scored 38 points in 32 games. He scored six game-winning goals and led the entire NCAA in that category. He led all NCAA rookies with 21 goals. Borgström was selected NCHC Rookie of … Continue reading Henrik Borgström Named NCHC Rookie of the Year

2016 NHL Draft: Islanders pick Otto Koivula

The New York Islanders sent a 2017 fourth round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for the 120th overall pick. With that pick, they took Finnish left wing Otto Koivula from Ilves U20. I had predicted Koivula to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round in my draft preview. Pros: I think this is a really smart pick by the Islanders. … Continue reading 2016 NHL Draft: Islanders pick Otto Koivula

2016 NHL Draft Preview

Here's my preview for the upcoming NHL Draft which will be held in Buffalo from June 24-25. This is the result of following the 1997 and 1998 age-groups over the past few seasons. One thing I try to emphasize is the players' progress during this past season. Also, since people already have a lot of information about the … Continue reading 2016 NHL Draft Preview

Prospect Profile: Tomi Hiekkavirta (Alaska-Anchorage)

Team: Alaska-Anchorage (NCAA) Position: D Birthdate: 5th April 1996 Height: 5'11 Weight: 165 lbs Tomi Hiekkavirta enjoyed a breakthrough season for HIFK U20 in 2015-16. He played big minutes from game to game and registered impressive numbers, especially for a defenseman, with nine goals and 18 assists in 45 games. He was consistently able to bring not only offense, but also solid defensive zone … Continue reading Prospect Profile: Tomi Hiekkavirta (Alaska-Anchorage)