Axel Rindell

Born: 2000-04-23

Team: Jukurit (Liiga)

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Right

Height / Weight: 6-0 / 176


Rindell is having a superb rookie season in the Liiga after flying under the radar somewhat in the juniors. However, last season he did get some well-deserved recognition as he was named to the first All-Star team at the U20’s. Rindell is an offensive-minded defenseman with solid puck-moving abilities and vision. He can make a strong stretch pass or carry the puck up the ice. He’s adept at escaping from pressure and displays strong footwork and pretty good straight-line speed. He handles the puck with poise and his passing is crisp and simple enough most of the time. He has a cannon of a point shot and he’s not afraid to use it. He gets his shots past the first defender with regularity and he can create rebounds as he shoots with a purpose. Has good wind-up on his slap shot. He has made improvements in his defensive game as well. He still could be more alert and focused in his own end at times and I think his 1-on-1 defending is a work in progress as well. Rindell has put together a good stat line so far on the Liiga season, with 4 goals and 9 assists in 26 games. He looks combortable running the power play and he can start offensive transitions. Especially those aspects of his game have enabled him to have a consistent impact this season. His development is trending upwards and I wouldn’t be surprised if NHL clubs start to take notice of the 19-year-old blueliner sooner rather than later. He didn’t play his best hockey at the U20 Four Nations in Helsinki in November, but I think he has lots of long-term potential.