Kristian Tanus

Born: 2000-08-17

Team: Tappara

Position: Center / Wing

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 5-8 / 159

2020-2021 UPDATE: FEBRUARY 20, 2021

Tanus has been one of the most improved players in the Liiga this season. After registering one assist in his first 10 games, the skilled forward has put up 18 points in his last 21 games. He has played wing for a large portion of the season and has found a lot of success in that position. Compared to the past season, Tanus is clearly playing more fearlessly and using his strengths to his advantage on a much more consistent basis. He is deceptive with the puck and an excellent passer, but he is more confident in his shooting ability than I have seen ever before. By shooting the puck more often and with a purpose, he has added another dimension to his offensive game. He is small, but it doesn’t deter him from playing responsibly at both ends of the ice. He’s quick to pucks, relentless in pursuit and forces opponents into hasty decisions. The 20-year-old has evolved into an impact Liiga player, but his best hockey is still ahead of him.


Tanus picked up a goal and two assists in a 5-4 overtime win against HIFK in the U20 playoffs. He centered Tappara’s second line, playing alongside Kasper Simontaival and Jere Kivimäki. The trio had built good chemistry in the regular season which showed in this game. Tanus is a skilled puck possession player with a good eye for the game. High hockey IQ makes him a dangerous playmaker, one who can deliver passes with pinpoint accuracy. He worked well on the cycle. Although his top speed is around average, Tanus is a strong skater with a quick first step and some nice agility. Shifty, slick with the puck and has some subtle moves in his repertoire which makes him difficult to contain. He was more involved in the game without the puck compared to some of our previous viewings.


Tanus had the third-most ice-time on his team (22:14) and put up three primary assists in a 6-4 win. The playmaking center set up Patrik Puistola with a beautiful pass from behind the net and Puistola made no mistake, giving LeKi a 5-2 lead in the second period. Tanus played with his head up and knew where his teammates were on the ice. He gave accurate, timely passes which arrived from tape to tape. His quick hands helped him at the face-off dot. Tanus is an agile skater with good edge work; however, I would like to see him improve his first-step quickness which would help him create more separation from defenders. While definitely more of an offensive player, he showed strong commitment to the defensive game as well. Tanus may be undersized but that hasn’t deterred him from being one of the best players in Mestis this season. He is making a strong case for a pick in this year’s NHL Draft.