Team: TPS U20
Position: Left Wing
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 200
REPORT: TPS @ ÄSSÄT U20, OCTOBER 18, 2019
A budding power forward with strong physical tools and solid puck skills, Liukas had a good, yet unspectacular game on TPS U20 third line against Ässät. He had a fair bit of ice-time on the penalty kill and clogged passing lanes effectively. At this point in time, there is no doubting that Liukas’ biggest strength is his wrist shot, which is both heavy and accurate. His skating requires work, especially acceleration and backwards skating. He hasn’t shown the ability to pull away from defenders to create speed differential consistently enough. However, he has good habits and smarts without the puck. He blocks shots, gets pucks on net, has a strong net-front presence and uses an active stick in the defensive zone. Liukas is a late 2002, meaning that he won’t be NHL Draft eligible until 2021, but he should already be on the radar.
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