- 2018-11-03 at Kärpät - TPS, U20 by Asko Huuki
The performance of Loponen in this game was somewhat a mixed bag. He is very raw even for this level of play, but his offensive qualities are intriguing.
Loponen shows smooth skating and quick acceleration, but I thought his top speed still has some room for improvement as well as overall mobility. Loponen is an offensive-minded defenceman joining the rush often and his offensive abilities are pretty nice, but some of his passes were off in this game. His shot could also have some more punch, especially since the defender likes to shoot a lot.
At the own end I thought he could give some more pressure to the opponent as he gives them too much space. He also could move a lot more and he was causing a breakaway and penalty shot with slow read of play in a second period. However his positioning was sound for the most part and his first steps helped him react quickly in most occasions. His defending with the stick was also efficient.
- 2017-11-11 at U17 World Hockey Challenge by Miika Arponen
Loponen had a solid tournament in both ends of the ice. He showcased his skating multiple times in the tournament with good top speed, smooth turns and impressive lateral movement on the blueline. He is also very good with the puck and knows when to join the rush.
Due to his smallish stature, Loponen is sometimes in trouble with stronger opponents in front of the net. He is very good in defending with the stick, though, and his good gap control and skating are effective when defending rushes. His positioning is also sound.
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|2015-2016||Kärpät U16||Jr. C SM-sarja Q||10||3||1||4||6||||
|Kärpät U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||25||9||13||22||12|||||Playoffs||4||0||1||1||2|
|2016-2017||Kärpät U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||43||6||23||29||34|||||Playoffs||5||0||2||2||0|
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||11||3||5||8||8||||
|2017-2018||Kärpät U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||40||13||24||37||38|||||Playoffs||5||1||1||2||2|
|Kärpät U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||6||3||0||3||2||||
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||19||5||5||10||10||||
|2018-2019||Kärpät U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||2||0||4||4||2||||
|Kärpät U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||18||2||7||9||8||||
|Finland U18 (all)||International-Jr||9||0||8||8||14||||
|Finland U18||Hlinka Gretzky Cup||4||0||3||3||6||||
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