Anton Lundell

Born: 2001-10-03

Team: HIFK (Liiga)

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 6-1 / 183


Lundell put together a very strong tournament. He logged the most ice-time among HIFK forwards in all three games and was one of the bright spots on the team. They had a lot of young players on the roster and Lundell showed leadership as he took charge. He scored HIFK’s first goal of the day against Tappara as he redirected a point shot. He played a mature, dependable game and his situational awareness really stood out. He was proactive rather than reactive. Although not the fastest or most agile skater, he did a good job of moving into space and getting open. He went to the net with regularity and with his stick on the ice. His passing was crisp and precise and his stickhandling looked good. He will be relied upon as one of the key players for HIFK this season.


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.

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