Team: Ässät U20
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 196
2019-2020 SEASON REPORT
Tuomisto had an excellent, productive season with Ässät U20. He was named the Best Player (Teemu Selänne Award) and Best Defenseman (Reijo Ruotsalainen Award) in the Finnish U20 league. In the juniors, he is a breakout machine and moves pucks up the ice in transition. He is highly patient with the puck and looks for the right play rather than making a hasty decision. He has very good vision and shows offensive imagination. Has a hard, heavy shot which is a weapon on the power play. He moves pretty well given his frame, but could be more explosive and quicker from a standstill. He competes hard in his own end, but I’d like to see him use his size more effectively in battles. Tuomisto logged quality minutes throughout the campaign and was a huge part of Ässät’s strong season. The Detroit Red Wings prospect has improved immensely in the last two seasons – his development curve is heading straight up.
REPORT: ÄSSÄT @ HIFK U20, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019
The Red Wings second rounder continued his strong play with Ässät U20 in the early stages of the season. Tuomisto picked up a pair of assists in a 6-5 overtime loss to HIFK and patrolled the Ässät U20 blueline, logging almost 30 minutes of ice-time. He played with a lot of poise and had a high-panic threshold with the puck. He is an excellent passer of the puck and can start clean breakouts from his own end. He made plays at both ends of the ice and run the power play well at the point, displaying smooth hands and a heavy shot. He is a rather strong skater who gets around the ice well, but could improve his lateral mobility and footwork. He has a long reach which helps him in stick and puck battles. He can defend the slot efficiently and has some snarl. Tuomisto seems to have already made strides from last season and has recorded eight points in five games.
FINAL 2019 NHL DRAFT RANKING (JUNE 2019)
4. D Antti Tuomisto – Ässät (U20)
Tuomisto, who logged lots of ice-time for Ässät U20, made significant improvements from the previous season. He plays with his head up, sees the entire ice and makes crisp passes on the breakout. He has a cannon for a slap shot with good velocity and accuracy on it. He has excellent size, some toughness and doesn’t shy away from battles and playing rough in the defensive zone. As he continues to work on his skating, mechanics and strength, he could become a force in all three zones. Tuomisto is headed to NCAA for the 2020-21 season.