Team: HIFK U18/U20
Height / Weight: 6-6 / 185
REPORT: SAIPA @ HIFK U20, NOVEMBER 5, 2017
Tikkanen made 16 saves and allowed one goal, recording his second win for HIFK U20. Though he didn’t face plenty of shots, he did stop a penalty shot in the overtime. In addition, he made a solid desperation save in the second period, keeping the game tied at 1-1. There were things to like about the 6’6 puck stopper. He used his stick well to poke check pass attempts. He was able to hold his ground with players crashing to the net. His quickness and net coverage were pretty good. He read the developing play accordingly and showed patience in the crease. He could work on his puck handling skills and agility outside the crease.
Tikkanen is an interesting goalie prospect with upside, even though he’s a bit raw and should benefit from another season of development before being draft eligible in 2019.