Matias Mäntykivi

Born: 2001-06-21

Team: SaiPa

Position: Center/Wing

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 5-11 / 159


20. C/W Matias Mäntykivi – SaiPa (U20)

Mäntykivi had a good season with SaiPa U20. Though the team struggled as a whole, Mäntykivi was able to produce and stand out on the first line. He capped off the season with gold in Mestis (FIN-2). Hockey sense is his biggest asset, but he also has good offensive instincts and makes plays with the puck. He is a strong, fierce competitor. He needs to work on his skating, especially stride power and length. Mäntykivi could push for a spot on SaiPa’s Liiga team as soon as next season.


Mäntykivi set the tone for SaiPa U18 early in the game, blocking three shots in the first period, and scored two goals in a 6-5 overtime defeat to Lukko. The first goal was a nice individual effort where he stickhandled into the middle and finished off with a precise wrister, while the second goal came through a takeaway in the offensive zone. Mäntykivi played a solid physical game and finished his checks with authority, especially in the third period. One of his best plays a strong defensive play in the first period, in which he backchecked furiously and prevented a good scoring chance. He’s a very smart player and his skill level stood out. On the downside, his stride is short and lacks power. He also has an upright stance. All of this results into a lack of quickness. Nonetheless, Mäntykivi had a strong game and played in all situations for his team.

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