Kristian Tanus

Born: 2000-08-17

Team: Tappara

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 5-8 / 159


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.