Samuel Helenius

Born: 2002-11-26

Team: JYP

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 6-6 / 183

Helenius had a strong season for Jokerit U20 and made his debut with the U18 national team. He is a towering center that plays a good two-way game. Efficient defensively, clogs passing lanes and gets his stick on the puck. He has improved his skating significantly, he has a powerful stride and good glide. The mechanics were always there, but he has added quickness and smoothed out his stride since the past season. Samuel is not the the flashiest player offensively, but he reads plays well and makes quick decisions with the puck. The skill level is pretty high. He is tough to play against, finishes his checks with authority and is tenacious on the forecheck. There is no doubt in my mind that Helenius has the potential to play in the NHL. The progress has been impressive, but his best hockey lies ahead. March 26, 2020

REPORT: BLUES @ JOKERIT U20, AUGUST 7, 2019

Helenius centered Jokerit U20 fourth line, playing alongside Artemi Aleksandrov and Niclas Tenhovuori. He also got ice-time on the second power play unit and scored on a rebound in the third period. He also had another good scoring chance but just missed on the far side from the low slot. He made smart passes with the puck and he read the game well without the puck. One of his best plays was a good read at the blueline to keep the pressure in the offensive zone. Helenius has pretty good mobility and the mechanics to improve his skating which is at a decent level at this point in time. He was physically strong and involved in puck battles. The Jokerit U18 standout looks ready to take another step in the U20 league this season.

REPORT: JOKERIT @ KARHU-KISSAT U18, DECEMBER 1, 2018

Helenius was strong defensively throughout the game. In his first shift, he made a good stick check to prevent a zone entry. He also made a solid block by getting into the shooting lane. Another strong play in the first period was a primary assist where he made himself available for a pass to create a 2-on-1. Helenius supported his teammates well and was aware of his defensive responsibilities. He took some quick wristers on net and displayed good vision from time to time. Moreover, the 6’3 center won face-offs at a high rate. His skating looked pretty good, especially for a player of his size.