Drafted by Vegas Golden Knights in 2019 #139
- 2019-02-08 at Omaha Lancers - Sioux City Musketeers, USHL by Asko Huuki
Kallionkieli scored a rebound goal in this game marking his 20th goal of the season. Otherwise he didn’t have his best game and he only had one shot, a lot less than in the previous game when he had seven, or the game after this when recorded eight shots.
Kallionkieli is hard to predict based on just one game. He clearly has a nose for goals and one should never underestimate players, who knows how to score. However often players of this kind are not too useful if they aren’t able to shoot and score. Kallionkieli for an example has some problems in the defensive zone often going out of position. His checking game was also very ineffective.
The skating of Kallionkieli is often touted, but I actually thought there’s room for improvement. Despite having fairly good top speed, his skating looks heavy and while he’s not slow, I think this is a part of his game that could still improve a lot. It also seems that he needs to do some additional effort to maintain his speed.
Kallionkieli is mostly relying on very simple and basic game. To me, his puck-handling abilities very only average, but his passing was actually pretty good, especially at the neutral zone, and he knew his limitations very well. He passed the puck quickly when needed and mostly focused on finding shooting lanes. He did pretty good job in that department so it’s no wonder why he is one of the best goal scorers in the league.
- 2019-01-13 at Sioux Falls Stampede - Sioux City Musketeers, USHL by Lassi Alanen
Kallionkieli scored a rebound goal in Sioux City’s 3-4 loss against Sioux Falls Stampede. He was playing on the first line and on the top power play unit but did not receive as much ice time as he had in my previous viewings.
Despite his goal in the third period, Kallionkieli was quite unnoticeable in this game. He only recorded two shots on goal in the whole game, which is a low amount for a shooter like him. Based on this and my previous viewings, Kallionkieli is quite a one-dimensional player, who utilizes his long stride, solid frame and decent puck skills to get himself to scoring positions. His hockey sense, vision, and defensive play are all rather average, so when he only records two shots in 60 minutes, you can tell he did not have a great game. That being said, Kallionkieli’s frame, shot and scoring ability still make him an intriguing long-term prospect.
- 2018-10-20 at Fargo Force - Sioux City Musketeers, USHL by Lassi Alanen
Kallionkieli scored two goals in Sioux City Musketeers’ 4-6 loss against Fargo Force. He was playing left wing in his team’s second line and first power play unit. Kallionkieli has had a very strong start to his USHL career with 8 goals and 9 points in his first 7 games of the season. That being said, the pace at which he is scoring probably won’t continue, as he has a ridiculously high shooting percentage (38.1). He showcased good speed with and without the puck. He has a long reach and is able to use that to his advantage in puck battles.
Kallionkieli is not the flashiest player, but instead, he is always actively looking for shooting lanes. That is not to say that he does not have any skill, as he tried some dekes in the game and I think that he has decent puck-handling ability overall. Kallionkieli’s vision is somewhat of a question mark, as he did not really create chances for his linemates at even-strength, even though he had a couple of good passing opportunities. That being said, he made some nice passes on the man advantage.
Defensively, Kallionkieli still has work to do with his positioning and awareness. He was also not very effective at helping his defencemen by making himself available for passes. Kallionkieli should have the physical tools and skating ability to be a more reliable defensively and he is still somewhat adjusting to the North-American game.
- 2018-09-28 at Sioux City Musketeers - Green Bay Gamblers, USHL by Lassi Alanen
Kallionkieli scored two goals and had one assist in his USHL debut with the Sioux City Musketeers. The 2019 draft-eligible prospect is a very agile skater for his size. Kallionkieli has smooth stride combined with a quick acceleration. He’s always looking for shooting opportunities and displayed his finishing skills on the two goals he scored. Kallionkieli made a couple of skilled plays with the puck but mostly played a fairly simple game. He was positioned as the left-side defenceman on the power play.
Kallionkieli needs to hone his overall game a lot, but he has an intriguing skill set: 6’1” frame, very good skating ability and a nose for the net. If he keeps producing, the Finn will be an interesting name to keep in mind for the upcoming draft.
- 2018-04-01 at HIFK - Blues, U18 by Marco Bombino
Kallionkieli had a fairly good game, although he played in a lesser role than usually. The Sioux City Musketeers’ USHL Draft pick is a prospect with a wide range of offensive tools. Skill-wise, the winger is definitely one of the top players on the HIFK U18 team. He’s a finesse player who can stickhandle at high speed. He has above-average puck handling skills.
A highly agile skater with smooth and quick first three strides, he can utilize his speed not only to create separation from opponents, but also to catch them on the backcheck. He can provide support in the defensive end. His defensive game has gotten better over the course of the season.
- 2017-11-18 at HIFK - Sport, U18 by Marco Bombino
Kallionkieli had a very good performance as HIFK U18 edged Sport 6-1. He scored HIFK’s second goal on the power play early in the first period, beating the Sport goalie with a quick wrist shot from the top of the circle.
The 6’1 winger made numerous smart puck distributions in the game. He had the vision and passing ability to process the game quickly and utilize his linemates effectively. He has a really good shot and nearly scored another goal with a quick wrister in an odd-man rush. Kallionkieli is also quick and mobile for a player of his size. However, he can occasionally get too fancy with the puck, and his offensive game seems to be more polished than his defensive game.
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|HIFK U20||U20 SM-sarja||3||0||1||1||0||||
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|2018-2019||Sioux City Musketeers||USHL||58||29||24||53||28|||||Playoffs||2||0||0||0||2|
|2019-2020||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||24||1||10||11||8||||
|Finland U20 (all)||International-Jr||1||0||0||0||2||||
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