Iivari Räsänen

Born: 2001-05-23

Team: Tappara U20

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 6-0 / 179

REPORT: FINLAND VS RUSSIA, U17 FIVE NATIONS, FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Räsänen played in important situations and showed strong defensive acumen against Russia at the U17 Five Nations tournament. His quick stick allowed to poke pucks away from the oncoming forwards effectively and he was willing to play a physical game when necessary. The sturdy blueliner unleashed a few quick, yet slightly inaccurate wristers from the point. Räsänen played with good poise and confidence in the defensive zone. However, there were a few occasions where he could have managed better to move the puck away from pressure. His balance and straight-line speed both are solid; however, he will need to work on his agility, pivots and footwork. At the next level, Räsänen has the potential to become a strong shutdown defenseman who can also chip in offensively from time to time.