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Juuso Välimäki

Position: defenceman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1998-10-06 / Nokia, Finland
Height 188 cm
Weight 91 kg
Team: Tri-City Americans (WHL)

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Drafted by Calgary Flames in 2017 #16


  • 2017-12-30 at Finland - Slovakia, WJC by Asko Huuki

    Despite not getting into the score sheet against Slovakia, he continued to be one of the most consistent Finnish defenders of the tournament. He has been the captain of the team and he has been really good all-round.

    Välimäki is not the flashiest player but he shows potential to become really good two-way defenceman. He doesn’t make big hits but his positioning, physical presence and ability to check the puck from the opponent makes him really solid at the own end. Despite not having the quickest feet, his skating is not really a weakness either and his acceleration and agility are good for a player of his size. He is rarely late in any situation thanks to his high hockey IQ.

    Offensively he isn’t the most creative player but he knows when to join the rush and help the offense and when to stay behind. His passing skills are also very good and he usually gives sharp and precise passes. Välimäki has dangerous shot which is hard, accurate and which usually finds it’s way to the net.


  • 2016-12-26 at Czech Republic - Finland, WJC by Asko Huuki

    Despite the loss of Finland, Välimäki played an outstanding game. Especially his ability to use his big frame was impressive. He was able to knock opponents off the puck using his big body and he won nearly all the physical battles. Two-way defenseman positioned well, had a good gap control and managed to get puck from the Czechs using his active stick.

    Offensively Välimäki relied mostly on simple yet effective passing play. Couple of times he joined the rush at the right time and created scoring chances for the Finns. He also carried the puck when there was an opportunity to do so.

    His excellent defensive play, good skating and passing skills as well as his above average intelligence makes Välimäki really interesting prospect and he should be able to continue playing big minutes in World Juniors.



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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Ilves U16Jr. C SM-sarja Q8 3 36 2|        
  Ilves U16Jr. C SM-sarja27 2 1012 10|Playoffs2 0 00
  Team White IIHF Dev. Camp6 1 56 4|        
 2013-2014 Ilves U16Jr. C SM-sarja Q1 0 00 0|        
  Ilves U16Jr. C SM-sarja9 2 810 6|        
  Ilves U18Jr. B SM-sarja44 7 2633 22|Playoffs10 2 46
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr5 0 33 4|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr7 0 11 6|        
 2014-2015 Ilves U20Jr. A SM-liiga44 5 1520 20|Playoffs10 1 34
  Finland U17EYOF3 0 22 0|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr3 0 22 0|        
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 11 0|        
  Finland U18WJC-187 0 11 6|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr23 0 55 8|        
 2015-2016 Tri-City AmericansWHL56 7 2532 24|        
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 01 4|        
  Finland U18WJC-186 0 22 0|        
 2016-2017 Tri-City AmericansWHL60 19 4261 34|Playoffs4 0 11
  Finland U20WJC-206 2 02 6|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr15 4 15 16|        
 2017-2018 Tri-City AmericansWHL43 14 3145 34|Playoffs12 4 1317
  Finland U20WJC-205 1 34 4|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr16 2 57 12|        
 2018-2019 Stockton HeatAHL- - -- -|        

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