Valtteri Koskela

Born: 2002-10-20

Team: JYP

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 5-10 / 157


Koskela logged 20:10 of ice-time in a 4-1 loss to HPK U20. He played more than six minutes on the power play and had a few good looks on the man advantage; too many of his shots missed the net. He did a great job of moving the puck under pressure and beating the first forechecker. His ability to move pucks reliably out of danger enabled his team to exit the defensive zone with control. He is also sturdy on his skates and can protect the puck well. On one occasion he broke up an opposing rush attempt in the neutral zone. He also denied a partial breakaway opportunity in the second period. Koskela has improved his defensive game quite a lot this season. A Swiss Army Knife-type of player with versatility and a wide array of tools.


Koskela was a very solid two-way defenseman in this game. He was confident and relaxed with the puck, he could pass or carry from his own end and made calculated decisions. He played both on the power play and penalty kill and he was a factor in all three zones. He created clean zone exits with his passing. He worked hard, battled for loose pucks in the defensive zone, finished his checks and closed space quickly. He was strong with his hands and had a quick stick to disrupt opponents in front of the net. The late 2002 possesses good four-way mobility and balance. He doesn’t have elite speed but he moved around the ice well. He had an assist on the game-winning goal as his wrister from the point was redirected.


Koskela played on JYP’s third pairing and also got power play time in a 4-3 loss to K-Kissat. He was active offensively and eagerly joined the attack when the opportunity arised. He showed strong straight ahead speed and decent lateral agility. He was a shooting threat from the point and unleashed several dangerous shots, displaying a particularly good wrist shot. He has swift hands and can stickhandle efficiently in tight spaces. His passing was quite precise and crisp. Koskela had the willingness to battle in his own end and played with some tenacity. He could have been more alert and aware without the puck at times, though. The late 2002 born blueliner is one to watch and has a good offensive skill set to build on.