Height / Weight: 5-11 / 159
REPORT: KETTERÄ @ KEUPA (MESTIS), DECEMBER 13, 2019
Mäntykivi had an excellent performance on Ketterä’s second line. He provided havoc in front of the net on the game-winning goal as he battled for position and took away the goalie’s sight on the puck. He made a nice cross ice pass to set up a power play goal and finished the game with three assists. A smooth operator with the puck, he exhibited quick and flashy on stickhandling on a couple of zone entries. He had a soft touch on the puck and played with his head up to survey the ice. Instinctive in all three zones and responsible away from the puck, I was impressed with his work rate and effort level. On the downside, his skating seemed to still lag behind. He has a short and choppy stride since he doesn’t use his full extension. I think he really needs to work on lengthening his stride. However, there is no denying the high-end puck skills of the 18-year-old forward.
REPORT: SAIPA @ LUKKO U18, JANUARY 20, 2019
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.
FINAL 2019 NHL DRAFT RANKING
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.
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