Saku Joutsi

Born: 2004-05-21

Team: HPK U18

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Right

Height / Weight: 6-0 / 157


The right-shot defenseman was one of the best players of the game as HPK U18 took a big 3-2 win over KalPa. He scored two goals, including the game winner, and both were well-placed wrist shots on the glove side. Apart from the goals, Joutsi did many other things well and was around positive plays. He made good passes up the ice to forwards who could attack with speed through the neutral zone. His head was up with the puck and he kept his play simple and direct. In his own end, he was assertive and kept the net front clear when the puck was up high in the zone. He is a good skater with a long stride. However, he could improve his pivoting and gain additional explosiveness. Furthermore, at times he needs to make quicker decisions and not hold on to the puck for overly long periods. All things considered, this was the best performance I’ve seen from Joutsi this season and he has shown improvement in each viewing.