Team: Lukko (Liiga)
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 176
REPORT: LUKKO @ TAPPARA, AUGUST 21, 2019
Lehtinen was the cornestone in net and made 25 saves in a 3-2 preseason over Tappara. The 6’0″ Lukko netminder made a sparkling glove save on a close range shot in the first period. He also made a couple of other flashy saves later on in the game. Lehtinen is very quick with sharp reactions. He moved really well from post to post and across the crease. He read shooters efficiently. Despite being a somewhat smaller goalie, he covered upper corners of the net surprisingly well. In the past, he has struggled on high shots due to playing deep in the crease. He went actively behind the net to stop pucks on dump-ins and he was willing to make the next play, often rimming the puck along the boards. Lehtinen has been passed over three times in the NHL Draft, but he had a strong 2018-19 season and will be relied upon to carry a heavy workload in the upcoming Liiga season.