Samu Salminen

Born: 2003-04-09

Team: Jokerit U18

Position: Center/Left Wing

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 6-2 / 163

REPORT: HPK @ JOKERIT U18, JANUARY 23, 2019

Salminen centered Jokerit U18 first line and got ice-time on the power play in a 6-2 win over HPK. He scored the game’s opening goal which came only 14 seconds into the first period. He won a puck battle at the side of the net and jammed the puck past the goalie. He could have had a couple of more goals with better finishing. Salminen showed above-average puck skills and understanding of the game. He was responsible defensively and used his stick really well. He seemed to have a knack for causing turnovers and taking away time and space from opponents. He had good speed and he was quick to pucks. Once he had the puck in the offensive zone, he was able to make quick decisions.

REPORT: JOKERIT @ K-KISSAT U18, NOVEMBER 30, 2018

Salminen had a solid game on the first line and got on the scoresheet with two goals. In the first one, he moved to the front of the net and showcased a goal-scorer’s touch in tight. His second goal came on a partial breakaway where his separation speed was notable. He made a really good screen on one play. In the first period, he also received a pass off his skates and fired a wrister that just missed far side. Salminen’s acceleration and speed both were good. The biggest takeaway is that he looked like a skilled player with good hockey sense.