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

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

Three Intriguing 2000 Born Prospects To Watch

I have been following the 2000 born age-group in Finland for the past two seasons, with the current season being the third. I think there are many good prospects and the age-group is even, at least as far as Finns are considered. There's still lots of time until the 2018 NHL Draft and I think that … Continue reading Three Intriguing 2000 Born Prospects To Watch

Scouting Report: 99 D Henri Jokiharju

  The Portland Winterhawks signed 1999 born Finnish prospect Henri Jokiharju for the upcoming WHL season. The 5'10 defenseman had nine goals and 20 assists for Tappara U20 this past season. He also represented Finland at the U18 World Championship tournament in April, registering three assists while winning gold. Here is my scouting report based on the past two seasons he … Continue reading Scouting Report: 99 D Henri Jokiharju

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

Three Promising Finnish Goalies to Watch

Finland is very well-known for its goalie factory which has produced plenty of excellent netminders to the NHL level. 12 Finnish goalies have been drafted to the NHL in the 2010s and 35 goalies since the 2000 NHL Draft. But what does the future look like? Next I will take a look at two 1999 born … Continue reading Three Promising Finnish Goalies to Watch

2016 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Joona Koppanen

Joona Koppanen is an intriguing forward who was key part of Ilves in his first U20 season. He registered 9-17-26 stat line, but I came away even more impressed by his defensive game and hockey sense. Koppanen respectably won both Finnish U20 league and U18 World Championship gold medals. The 6'5 center is ranked 27th (European skaters) in NHL Central … Continue reading 2016 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Joona Koppanen