Aleksi Heponiemi

Position: center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1999-09-01 / Tampere, Finland
Height 179 cm
Weight 63 kg
Team: Kärpät

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Drafted by Florida Panthers in 2017 #40

  • 2018-09-15 at Kärpät - KalPa, Liiga by Markus Suhonen

    Heponiemi made his pro league debut playing alongside Rasmus Kupari who was selected in the first round by Los Angeles Kings this summer. Heponiemi is known for his well-rounded offensive game abilities and strong hockey IQ.

    Heponiemi, who was the 40th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, also showcased his two-way play and forechecking abilities in the neutral zone. He turned the direction of the game quickly and effectively. His stickhandling abilities are top-notch but he needs to polish his passes in tight spaces. The Finn doesn’t hesitate after takeaways and thinks the game fast by setting up his teammates to scoring chances.

    Heponiemi played on Kärpät’s second PP unit. His passing game was occasionally sloppy but he will almost certainly get more consistent with the puck. Overall, he’s already a dangerous and crafty player in the Finnish Elite League despite his size.

  • 2017-12-28 at Finland - Denmark, WJC 2018 by Asko Huuki

    Heponiemi played over 18 minutes against Denmark and even saw some time on power play but he wasn’t able to get any points and recorded only one shot.

    Heponiemi is physically immature and lost majority of his board battles even against the Danes. However his offensive skills are still spectacular. He plays solid passing game, and he showed great stickhandling abilities couple of times. He didn’t carry the puck too much and showed nice vision recognizing the situations well when to keep the puck and when to pass it.

    He is not the quickest player when looking the top speed, but he is agile and his lateral movement is above average. Forward was also aware of his defensive responsibilities constantly and he was usually the first player of his line to help defenders when it was required.

  • 2016-08-06 at Kiekko-Vantaa - Finland U18 by Marco Bombino

    Heponiemi had a very impressive game for Finland U18, showing excellent offensive skill set. His hands and passing were great and he also scored the tying 2-2 goal in the second period. In addition, his lateral agility and smooth skating stood out. He was constantly aware of his defensive duties and his reading of the game was also at a good level.

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Ilves U16U16 SM-sarja Q6 3 47 0|        
  Ilves U16U16 SM-sarja15 2 57 2|        
 2014-2015 Ilves U16U16 SM-sarja Q10 7 1825 2|        
  Ilves U16U16 SM-sarja31 26 5076 16|        
  Ilves U18U18 SM-sarja1 0 00 0|        
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr7 1 23 0|        
 2015-2016 Ilves U18U18 SM-sarja39 25 4065 24|Playoffs5 2 46
  Ilves U20U20 SM-sarja7 2 24 2|Playoffs7 1 01
  Finland U17WHC-175 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 Swift Current BroncosWHL72 28 5886 18|Playoffs14 0 88
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 55 0|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr3 0 33 0|        
 2017-2018 Swift Current BroncosWHL57 28 90118 28|Playoffs26 5 2530
  Finland U20WJC-205 2 02 2|        
  Swift Current BroncosM-Cup3 1 34 2|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr10 3 14 2|        
 2018-2019 KärpätLiiga50 16 3046 8|Playoffs17 3 03
  KärpätChampions HL10 2 57 12|        
  Finland U20WJC-207 3 69 4|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr12 6 1117 6|        
 2019-2020 Springfield ThunderbirdsAHL49 3 1114 16|        
 2020-2021 MoDo HockeyHockeyAllsvenskan16 6 814 22|        
  Florida PanthersNHL9 1 12 2|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL6 0 66 6|        
 2021-2022 Florida PanthersNHL6 0 11 2|        
  Charlotte CheckersAHL56 9 3039 28|Playoffs7 1 34 14 
 2022-2023 Florida PanthersNHL10 1 23 2|        
  Charlotte CheckersAHL62 12 3143 12|Playoffs7 1 67

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