- 2019-07-23 at FIN-CZE, U20 by Jokke Nevalainen
Lundell was Finland’s top center on the main squad in a U20 training camp game against the Czechs. He also played on the right half-wall on the power play and played a lot on the penalty kill as well.
Lundell scored one goal in the game, and it was a great wrist shot after a really nice individual effort to get the loose puck and take it up the ice. Lundell made numerous high-end plays both offensively and defensively. He always takes care of defensive responsibilities first which was noticeable in this game as well. But he also created some really good scoring chances for himself and his linemates. He had four shots on goal and he won over 60% of his faceoffs. The coaching staff didn’t seem to hesitate to throw him on the ice in any situation despite him being the youngest player on the team. Lundell didn’t play with a ton of pace but that seems to be by design more than anything else – he likes to slow the game down a bit and use his smarts instead of trying to outskate the opposition.
- 2018-12-26 at Finland - Sweden, WJC by Asko Huuki
Lundell played as a second line center alongside with Kaapo Kakko and Linus Nyman and he recorded around 15,5 minutes of ice time. The trio was probably the most dangerous line of Team Finland and Lundell was on ice when Finns made their only goal of the game in power play.
Lundell had a solid showing in the game. He was calm, he created couple of scoring chances, and especially during the first period he found shooting lanes for himself. His hockey sense really stood out and he made constantly the right decisions. His skating was fluid, but he somewhat struggled with his first steps. Also I thought his intensity was not consistently good.
However the center was really responsible at the own end and did a good job at the defensive zone. He wasn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas either and he was in front of Sweden’s goal many times during the game. Lundell is also an excellent passer and he has a good long reach so despite his young age, these kind of performances should eventually give him many points already at this tournament.
- 2018-10-19 at Ässät - HIFK, Liiga by Asko Huuki
Lundell played as a second line center and in the second power play unit in HIFK’s 4-1 victory against Ässät. He seemed completely ready to play the pro game and he also got the secondary assist to the second goal of HIFK.
I think his skating has improved greatly. His skating was fluid and despite his young age, his speed was more than enough to play in Liiga, However I thought his movement got bit heavier when the game progressed. Lundell has excellent work ethic, he comes to help the defense and he used his long reach couple of times very effectively in checking game, but I still think he could play with more intensity and physicality at the defensive zone.
Lundell has a very good frame and while he obviously needs to gain more muscle, he was already surprisingly strong in board battles. His skill level also helps him greatly in tight spaces. He is not the kind of player who constantly makes flashy moves, but his excellent hands helps him protect the puck and he is able to give excellent passes even when there’s only a little amount of space. Lundell also likes to utilize his shot a lot.
To me his biggest asset is his hockey IQ. He constantly did the right things on ice, made almost no mistakes with the puck and his positioning was very good. His calmness with the puck really stood out and he didn’t make any hasty decisions. Lundell was also very strong in spot winning 6 out of 9 face-offs.
- 2018-09-23 at HIFK - KooKoo, U20 by Miika Arponen
Lundell centered HIFK’s first line in a 5-1 win over KooKoo in the Junior A regular season match. He played most of all HIFK forwards, 21.08, and recorded two secondary assists in the game.
What stands out to me every time I watch Lundell play is his calmness and almost complete lack of mistakes. His positioning is very sound on both ends of the rink and he seems to always be a step or two ahead of opposition’s players.
Lundell’s skating, while not top-notch, is clearly above average in his age group. He has grown a few centimeters from last season, and he’s clearly still learning on how to utilize his size and reach.
He is well on his way to become a high-end two-way center with the ability to play in all situations from penalty kill to power play.
- 2018-04-24 at Finland - Czech Republic, U18 World Championship by Asko Huuki
Anton Lundell has played great tournament as an underaged player. The centerman has collected five points in four games as an third line center and he has also played in both power play and penalty kill.
The most interesting aspect of Lundell’s game is his maturity. His hockey IQ is excellent and his defensive play and positioning are much better than would be expected from the player of his age. Lundell has solid hands but he doesn’t make unnecessary dekes for the sake of being flashy. He focuses on simple yet efficient play instead.
There’s no major flaws in Lundell’s game but I would like to see him utilizing his body bit better and show some more grit. Also while his skating is fluid, his top speed could be improved. Lundell is still young though and these parts of his game will probably get better when he gets older. He also could still grow as he seems taller than the listed 182 cm.
- 2018-04-07 at Tappara - HIFK, U18 by Miika Arponen
Lundell showed his two-way skills again in the Junior B final game against Tappara. He reads the game very well and is constantly in the right place both on and off the puck. He makes all the time subtle smart moves that make his linemates better.
His poise and patience are on very high level and he rarely hesitates with the puck even in tight spaces. His skating has also improved from my last viewing and I would definitely consider above-average at that aspect as well.
He is a very responsible player that the coach can rely on in every situation. He isn’t draft eligible until 2020 and is one of the most interesting players in his age group because of his complete play.
- 2017-12-06 at HIFK - Jukurit, U20 by Marco Bombino
Lundell put up one goal and two assists against Jukurit while centering HIFK’s second line. The late 2001 born center was the youngest player in this game but especially his hockey sense stood out on many occasions. He showed patience in his second goal and good awareness in order to get open around the net.
Lundell is an extremely smart player who plays an active game away from the puck and rarely gets caught out of his position. He also generated plenty of shot attempts. He has gained more confidence at the U20 level and already plays a responsible game in all three zones. He’s a solid, quick skater who plays at a high pace. This, along with his compete level and skill set, makes him a factor in every game situation.
His overall skill set is already really strong, but he still has a lot of room for development. The upside is high with this prospect.
- 2017-11-11 at U17 World Hockey Challenge by Miika Arponen
Lundell was very impressive throughout the tournament. The center is not draft eligible until 2020, but he reads plays better than most of his age-mates. He is a very solid two-way forward than can be trusted in all situations.
In addition to his smarts, one of his biggest assets is his speed. He is a very smooth skater and has an impressive edge work as well. He is effective offensively and knows both how to score and set up linemates as well. All in all, a very complete player with all the tools to become a major prospect for the 2020 NHL draft.
- 2017-03-26 at HIFK - Ilves, U16 by Marco Bombino
Lundell was a key part of HIFK’s 5-3 win with two goals and two assists. In his first goal, Lundell blocked a shot in the defensive zone, picked up the puck and cut to the net for a nice finish. He has very good hockey sense and reads the game extremely well for his age. His speed is one aspect that makes him effective in all three zones. His commitment to the defensive game is good. The center also possesses above-average puck skills and a hard wrist shot. He utilizes his size to protect the puck. A top forward in his age-group, Lundell has a great deal of two-way potential.
- 2016-09-18 at HIFK - Jokerit, U16 by Marco Bombino
Lundell had another great game for HIFK U16. He had the primary assist on his team’s only goal and played a very solid two-way hockey, displaying strength on the puck and good hockey sense. His overall game and ability to have an impact, both with and without the puck, is what sets him apart from many other players in this age-group.
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