Height / Weight: 5-8 / 141
REPORT: KÄRPÄT @ JOKERIT U16, APRIL 6, 2019
Yliniemi centered the first line and was one of the most noticeable Kärpät U16 players in a 4-1 loss to Jokerit. An excellent stickhandler with quick hands, he showed flashes of high-level skill and vision. The smallish 5’8 center passed the puck well, both on his forehand and backhand, and created for others in the offensive zone. Yliniemi is a good skater who can accelerate quickly from a standstill position, and he carried the puck and made plays with pace. He played in key situations, including on the penalty kill, and he was fairly dependable defensively, despite being more of an offensive player. He’s a name to keep an eye on from the strong Kärpät team.