Team: Kärpät U20
Position: Left Wing
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 172
REPORT: KÄRPÄT @ HIFK U20, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Päkkilä received most ice-time among Kärpät U20 forwards (19:37) and had a decent game against HIFK. His skating and speed are definitely above average at this level. He used quick first three strides to accelerate and gain separation in the neutral zone. Päkkilä controlled the puck fairly well at high speeds. He moves really well in a straight line. The main concern was his decision making with the puck, he was unable to have much of an impact offensively and his passes constantly missed the target. On a positive note, he was more proactive defensively than in some previous viewings and that part of his game appears to be improving. The New Jersey Devils prospect is definitely a project, but the fact that his game has improved a lot in the last couple of seasons made him a worthwhile late round selection.