Team: JYP U20
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 185
REPORT: JYP @ JOKERIT U20, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Nikkanen received plenty of responsibility and had a fairly good game as JYP U20 beat Jokerit 5-2. His point was a secondary assist on a power play goal which was scored by fellow 2019 NHL Draft eligible prospect Anttoni Honka. Nikkanen has an interesting toolbox of skills. He is a really smooth and agile skater who possesses good top-end speed and skating mechanics. He showed good positioning without the puck, used his stick well and read the developing play accordingly. He has quick hands and can stickhandle in tight space. However, he could have made more precise and easier passes several times in the offensive zone. He took a couple of shots from sharp angles, generally I would have liked to see him attack more inside the dots. He did not play an overly physical game.