Team: HIFK (Liiga)
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 183
REPORT: FINLAND @ CANADA U18, APRIL 18, 2019
Lundell centered the second line in Finland’s opening game of the U18 World Championship tournament. He was a force during first 30 minutes or so of the game and scored a 3-0 goal in the second period, beating Canadian goalie Taylor Gauthier with a quick top corner finish. He showed great awareness on this sequence to move into an open area. He made another strong play in the second period, powering his way to the net and drawing a penalty to Canada. On the downside, several times Lundell tried to create too much on his own, instead of giving the puck up to his teammates. While he needs to continue to work on his skating, I thought his first few strides looked quicker than earlier this season. I think he could be one of the top players in the tournament with his high hockey IQ, puck protection skills and dependable defensive game.
Cover photo: Leijonat.fi