Team: Jokerit U20
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 174
REPORT: U20 Tournament, October 6-7, 2018
Hatakka played in two of three Jokerit games at the U20 tournament. He stood out more in the final game against JYP and was counted on in all situations for his team. Hatakka is mobile and skates well in all directions. He carried the puck pretty effectively into the zone on a couple of occasions. He made one very good breakout to exit the zone and also set up a scoring chance with a good pass from below the goal line. Although he can still be prone to making mistakes with the puck, his puck management was much improved from the past season. He doesn’t have the fastest hands but still possesses adequate puck skills. His active feet allowed to apply pressure quickly in the defensive zone. Not overly physical but he’s strong on his skates and has decent physical presence. He did a good job of getting into passing lanes in his own end. Hatakka was one of the better Jokerit players here in my book.