Joni Jurmo

Born: 2002-04-19

Team: JYP

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 6-3 / 187


Jurmo played his second game for Kiekko-Espoo in Finland’s second-highest league after being loaned to the team from JYP. He played in all situations – both on the power play and penalty kill – in a 3-1 loss to FPS. The Vancouver Canucks prospect showed flashes of his high-end puck skills and mobility. He was particularly good in the first period, defending well in his own end below the goal line and facilitating the breakout with effective passes. He came close to scoring his first Mestis goal as he joined the rush, received a pass in the slot and wristed a quick shot off the post. He was active away from the puck and maintained good gap control. However, on FPS’ third goal, he was a bit late to defend and couldn’t clear the rebound or tie up opponent’s stick. On another occasion, he tried to skate end to end with the puck, but lost it at the offensive blueline and wasn’t able to recover quickly enough the other way, which opened up a good offensive opportunity for FPS. At times he tried to do too much with the puck, but for the most part, he played well in this game. He did not hesitate to use his shot from the blueline and he recorded six shot attempts, the most on his team.


Jurmo played on the second pairing and on the first power play unit. He scored Jokerit’s third goal which showed off his strong skating and good puck skills. He received the puck at the point and since there was no clear pressure, he decided to activate from the point. He skated wide on the HPK forward, cut to the net and finished with a backhander. Jurmo is a powerful skater with good top-end speed. He carried the puck into the zone several times with relative ease. He has good passing skills and even though he had some turnovers, I like his potential as a puck distributor. He didn’t play an overly physical game, but used his stick rather well to defend. His overall defensive play has improved since the start of the season.


Jurmo had some ups and downs against Sport, but overall he left a very solid impression. He made several crisp and accurate passes out of the zone. He had the skating ability and straight-line speed to escape pressure with the puck. He used powerful strides to get quickly back into position when needed. However, he occasionally made iffy and questionable passes in the defensive zone. On the other hand, he also made a nice, unselfish pass to set up Jokerit’s 11-0 goal in the third period and finished the game with two primary assists. All in all, there was certainly two-way potential in Jurmo’s game.