- 2018-01-17 at Espoo United - Peliitat, Mestis by Asko Huuki
Killinen played his first game against grown-up men in Mestis (the second best league in Finland). He was playing at the second line of Espoo United. He got primary assist already during his third pro shift when he passed the puck to the second wave of attack.
But as expected, Killinen needed some time to adjust to pro game. He didn’t play much during the first two periods and when he did, he wasn’t very visible. He relied on keeping it simple and playing simple yet precise passing play. In the third period Killinen played for over five minutes and he begun to be more confident and showed that even though he doesn’t have the craftiest hands and some of his dekes were ineffective, he could protect the puck well and he was able to carry it efficiently.
Compared to junior game, the biggest difference was obviously his physicality compared to others. While in juniors Killinen has a good frame and he looks physically more mature, against men he is still lightweight. Killinen went to board play and to the net but he lost most one-on-ones due to his lack of strength or because he didn’t try to use his body well enough. His skating looks pretty good for this level already but first steps still needs more work.
In a nutshell, forward didn’t look out of place in Mestis and it will be interesting to see how quickly he adjusts to the better level of play.
- 2017-09-17 at JYP - Blues, U20 by Asko Huuki
Killinen had a quiet game offensively. However he was able to show that he has a good shot and decent hands. He is physically mature for a player of his age and he is big and strong for this level. Forward is also above average skater who knows how to use his skating abilities and size to protect the puck efficiently.
Killinen plays simple and straightforward game but I don’t think that his hockey IQ is that good. Also he could play with more intensity, especially at the own end where he doesn’t help his team as well as he could. However Killinen is interesting combination of size, speed and decent hands and it will be interesting to see how he continues to progress.
- 2017-01-13 at HIFK - Blues, U18 by Marco Bombino
Killinen has some good tools that could make him an NHL Draft pick in 2018. He scored one goal in his first U20 game last week. He exhibits long, smooth and powerful strides. Has terrific agility and speed considering his size which makes him tough to stop if given any space in the neutral zone. Overall, he’s an above-average skater with impressive footwork.
Has a soft touch with the puck and makes crisp cross-ice passes. Can make plays well under pressure. A dangerous forward in one-on-ones, Killinen is able to shoot the puck with impressive power thanks to his quick wrist shot. He supports his teammates in the defensive zone and also consistently applies back pressure.
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