Team: Blues U20
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 196
REPORT: PELICANS @ BLUES U20, NOVEMBER 24, 2018
Siikanen played on Blues U20 second line as they defeated Pelicans 3-2. The winger played with high intensity and a physical brand of hockey, combined with skill. His effort and commitment to the defensive game were strong throughout the game. He was also dangerous offensively and recorded five shot attempts. He made a really nice play in the second period in which he stayed strong on the puck in the corner and broke into the middle for a good scoring chance. Although his skating remains the biggest question mark, the Edmonton Oilers prospect has a high ceiling. He’s skilled with the puck and can play a finesse game or a heavy game.
REPORT: U20 TOURNAMENT, OCTOBER 5-7, 2018
Siikanen played right wing on Blues U20 second line. He put up one goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over JYP and also had a decent game against Sport. The sturdy forward was strong in one-on-one battles and disruptive on the forecheck. He was willing to battle in front of the net as well. Siikanen possesses quick hands and good vision. He made many smart decisions with the puck and played a pro-style game, not holding onto it for long periods unless it was necessary. On the downside, the biggest weakness continues to be his mediocre skating. He was sluggish on his skates and definitely has to improve his quickness and mobility. Despite the skating struggles, there were many positives about Siikanen’s performance at the tournament.
REPORT: PELICANS @ BLUES U20, AUGUST 3, 2017
Siikanen had a pretty good, yet slightly inconsistent game for Blues U20 in a 5-0 preseason win over Pelicans. He displayed offensive prowess in the first period and made one clever wraparound scoring attempt. He used his stick really well and backchecked effectively to close gaps and apply pressure throughout the game. Siikanen’s skating looked quicker than in the past season, thanks to a more smooth and efficient stride. However, his first few steps, agility and footwork still require work. He turned the puck occasionally over in bad spots, would have liked to see more composure and confidence with the puck.