Team: Jokerit U20
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 150
REPORT: JOKERIT @ BLUES U18, MARCH 8, 2019
Luoto appeared in his second U18 game of the season and was relied upon to play big minutes for Jokerit. The mobile and skilled defenseman skated in all directions and displayed notable fluidity. He handled the puck well at the offensive blueline. However, when he had limited time and space, Luoto seemed to struggle to start the attack from time to time. When there was more room to make plays, he showed great stickhandling and movement with the puck, as well as very good passing skills. The potential is high with this prospect and he has gradually improved his defensive game this season.
JUNE-JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER
Luoto is a talented, offensive-minded defenseman with intriguing potential. He shows flashes of brilliance, most often by making long, accurate passes or showing great moves with the puck at the offensive blueline. He has quick hands and he can be creative offensively. Luoto is also a smooth skater with some nice agility. He’ll need to become more reliable defensively and work on his decision making and overall game, though. Still, he definitely belongs to my list of players to watch next season.