- 2019-08-31 at KalPa - Kiekko-Espoo, A-SM by Jokke Nevalainen
Lehikoinen didn’t just change organizations during the summer, going from Jokipojat to KalPa, but he’s also jumping up two levels in the process. He was playing at the U16 level last season but now it appears he skipped the U18 level and went straight to the U20 level as a 16-year-old. And although he started his first U20 level game (three days ago) as the seventh defenseman with limited minutes, today (in his second game) he was already playing on the second pair and getting ice time on both special units.
Lehikoinen played on the blue line on KalPa’s second power play unit. He made good, simple plays with the puck and had one very good one-timer as well. It looked like there’s a good amount of power on his shots. He was also used late in the game with their goalie pulled, so it’s obvious he’s seen as someone who can produce offense for his team. Lehikoinen also played on the penalty kill where he battled very well in front of the net, although penalty kill is one area where he still needs some work.
Lehikoinen’s skating is fine for this level. His backwards skating could use some improvement which gets exposed on rush defense at times but that should improve with time. Once he adds some muscle to his lanky frame and starts utilizing his size and reach more, it will be difficult for the opposing players to get around him. All in all, Lehikoinen played a total of 18:27 in this game and fired eight shots. It was an impressive performance, considering it was just his second game at this level.
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|2017-2018||Jokipojat U16||Jr. C SM-sarja Q||24||13||10||23||10||||
|Jokipojat U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||16||0||8||8||4|||||Playoffs||3||0||0||0||4|
|Kajastus U16||Jr. C Mestis Q||1||1||0||1||0||||
|2018-2019||Jokipojat U16||Jr. C SM-sarja Q||26||7||24||31||26||||
|Jokipojat U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||18||9||22||31||8|||||Playoffs||2||0||2||2||0|
|Jokipojat U18||Jr. B Mestis Q||4||2||2||4||0||||
|Jokipojat U20||Jr. A Mestis||1||0||1||1||0|||||Playoffs||2||0||0||0||2|
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||8||0||0||0||2||||
|2019-2020||KalPa U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||-||-||-||-||-||||
|KalPa U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||6||0||3||3||4||||
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||3||1||0||1||2||||
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