Team: Jokerit U18
Height / Weight: 5-4 / 121
REPORT: JOKERIT @ BLUES U18, MARCH 8, 2019
The diminutive center made plays in all three zones and scored second Jokerit goal in the first period. He made himself available for a pass and finished patiently from close range. Mäenpää moved the puck well to his wingers with short and smart passes. He was very quick to pucks in the offensive zone – showed a high work rate and played with excellent effort without the puck. Overall, it was another strong performance from the hard-working and quick 2002 born forward.
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 speed. 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 used 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.
— Finnish Jr Hockey (@FINjrhockey) September 2, 2017