Niko Huuhtanen

Born: 2003-06-26

Team: Blues U20

Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Right

Height / Weight: 6-1 / 185 lbs

REPORT: RUSSIA @ FINLAND U17, AUGUST 10, 2019

Huuhtanen was consistently dangerous with the puck and recorded two assists in a 3-2 overtime win. He showed the ability to maneuver in tight spaces and his quick hands enabled him to keep the puck under control when being pressured. He stickhandled into the middle and generated offense from good scoring areas. He delivered smart, simple enough passes and processed the game fairly quickly. Huuhtanen played a physical brand of hockey – he was sturdy and had good balance on his skates. While he does have finesse, he has also shown the willingness to engage in the physical play. His skating was improved from the past season. He still needs to work on his agility, speed, stops and starts, though. Huuhtanen has a chance to be one of the key players for the U17 national team during the 2019-20 season.