- 2018-11-04 at JYP - HPK, U18 by Lassi Alanen
Malinen played in JYP’s third defensive pairing and received a lot of ice time on the power play. Malinen is clearly an offensive-minded defenceman, who likes to join the rush and play like a fourth forward. In this game, he was able to create a couple of nice scoring chances by leading the attack, but his offensive playstyle also backfired in a few occasions. Malinen has good hands and he did quarterback the power play pretty effectively.
Malinen played with a lot of confidence. He made a couple of nice zone exits with passes, but also by carrying the puck himself. Despite him being the youngest defenceman on the ice, he looked pretty decent defensively by controlling the gap effectively with his stick. He even made a couple of really nice hits and looked physically ready to play at the U18 level.
He needs to tone down his eagerness with the puck a bit and improve at deciding when to jump on the attack, but overall I came away from the game impressed with his offensive capabilities.
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|2017-2018||JYP U16||Jr. C SM-sarja Q||21||4||5||9||4||||
|JYP U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||13||3||3||6||4|||||Playoffs||3||2||1||3||2|
|2018-2019||JYP U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||16||1||5||6||8||||
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||2||0||2||2||2||||
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