Joel Kiviranta

Born: 1996-03-23

Team: Texas Stars (AHL) 

Position: Left Wing / Right Wing

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 5-10 / 176


The Texas Stars and Milwaukee Admirals faced each other twice within four days in March. There were many things to like about Joel Kiviranta’s performances. He consistently had a positive impact on the play. The 5’10” winger read the game well both with and without the puck. On the power play, he was the “bumper guy” and did a good job of getting open in the middle of the offensive zone. At five-on-five, he gave precise, productive passes and I especially liked how he used bank passes off the boards to distribute the puck. He was trusted to kill penalties as well. Skating is another plus, as he has a quick first step and strong edges. His speed enabled him to get to pucks quickly, as well as apply pressure to opponents. I firmly believe that Kiviranta could develop into a solid NHL winger down the road. Smarts, skating and versatility are his calling cards and I think he has potential for higher point production than we’ve seen in the AHL so far.

SEASON NOTES: 2018-2019

Kiviranta scored 16 goals and 31 points for Sport which missed the Liiga playoffs by only two points … 14 of the goals came at even strength … had some minor injuries that limited his season to 48 games, yet he was one of the top players on the team … had a strong World Championship tournament on the fourth line, winning gold and chipping in offensively with three points … a highly energetic, versatile winger that competes hard and can cause havoc for the opposing defense on the forecheck … not the biggest of players in stature but can initiate contact and likes to throw his weight around from time to time … quick and shifty with good acceleration from a standstill … very good top-end speed …. decision making and defensive reliability have continued to get better … has a good, improving shot and some puck skills to create chances in the offensive zone.

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