Team: Kiekko-Espoo U20
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 165
REPORT: KIEKKO-ESPOO @ HIFK U20, AUGUST 5, 2021
Miettinen had a good, if unspectacular performance on Kiekko-Espoo’s first line. He’s a well-balanced, two-way center with a good understanding of the game. He was quick to pucks and moved up and down the ice well. His skating mechanics and edge work looked good, but he could have displayed more explosive acceleration. At this stage, his skill level is better than average and he handles the puck well at high speed. However, he does not have a particularly deceptive shot release or puck handling skills. Verner is committed to the St. Cloud State University and will be a solid contributor in college down the road.
REPORT: JOKERIT @ BLUES U16, NOVEMBER 21, 2018
Miettinen was one of the most noticeable players on the ice as Blues U16 edged Jokerit 6-0. His playmaking skills were on full display throughout the game, he distributed the puck to his wingers in a timely manner and his passing was excellent on the power play, where he found seams in the final third. He doesn’t have blazing top-end speed when in motion, but he’s an agile skater with good quickness in his first few strides. One of Miettinen’s biggest strengths is his ability to make plays in tight spaces. He remained poised and made the right choices with the puck when under pressure. He has lots of potential as a smart and skilled center who makes plays in all areas of the ice.