Team: Jokerit U18
Height / Weight: 5-4 / 121
REPORT: TPS @ JOKERIT U18, AUGUST 17, 2018
Mäenpää looked excellent in a preseason game against TPS. The diminutive center is a very agile skater with a quick first step and can hit excellent top gear. He accelerated with the puck and made plays at high speed. Mäenpää worked hard and provided puck support, constantly making himself an option for short passes. Offensively, his best attribute might be his poise with the puck and the ability to carry the tempo of the game. He’s also highly responsible defensively and was deployed on the penalty kill. While the center is small right now, I don’t think his lack of size will deter him from becoming a good pro in the future.
REPORT: SPORT @ JOKERIT U16, SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
There were plenty of positives about Mäenpää’s performance. Given his size, it is no surprise that he is an excellent skater. He displayed quick acceleration bursts and great top speed to gain separation from opponents in the neutral zone, both with and without the puck. He was quick to jump on loose pucks and constantly involved in the play. Possessed above-average puck skills to go along with great on-ice vision. His quick hands helped him to succeed at the face-off dot. Played a pro-style game, highly composed in puck possession.