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

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

Jokerit U20 forward Ville Leskinen to Jukurit

Jukurit announced yesterday its Liiga team for the upcoming season. Ville Leskinen is an interesting acquisition from the U20 ranks. The 1995 born had a breakthrough season for Jokerit U20, scoring 30 goals and 33 assists. He led the team both in power play goals (8) and even-strength points (44). Leskinen also led the team in goals with 18 in 2014-15. All … Continue reading Jokerit U20 forward Ville Leskinen to Jukurit

Player Profile: 2000 Forward Jules Gallet

  Team: HIFK U16 Position: RW Birthdate: 4th July 2000 Height: 6’1 Weight: 165 lbs NHL Draft Eligible: 2018 French forward Jules Gallet came to Finland for this season from Amiens U18. He started the season with GrIFK U16 in which he posted respectable points and played solid hockey. Currently Gallet is playing for HIFK U16, a team that will play … Continue reading Player Profile: 2000 Forward Jules Gallet

Player Profile: 2000 forward Oskari Rauhala

Team: TPS U16 Position: C Birthdate: 9th February 2000 Height: 6’1 Weight: 187 lbs NHL Draft Eligible: 2018 2000 born forward Oskari Rauhala had a respectable last season for TPS U16, scoring at over point-per-game pace while being one of the youngest players on the team. This season he has been one of the team's key players. TPS U16 will … Continue reading Player Profile: 2000 forward Oskari Rauhala

Scouting HIFK U20

HIFK U20 played two games this past weekend in Helsinki, first losing to TPS in shootout and then winning Kiekko-Vantaa in the other game. Here are scouting notes on some of the team's top prospects from both games that I attended. 97 C Henrik Borgström (2016 NHL Draft Eligible) Borgström didn't play his best game against TPS, he made some … Continue reading Scouting HIFK U20

Prospect Notes from 2016 World Juniors

97 G Adam Huska (NY Rangers, 2015) - Slovakia Huska carried plenty of workload in the goal for Slovakia and performed extremely well by making timely saves to keep his team in some of the games. Showed terrific reflexes and lots of competitiveness in the crease, as well as very good quickness to make some terrific secondary … Continue reading Prospect Notes from 2016 World Juniors