- 2018-09-09 at Blues - Pelicans U18 by Marco Bombino
Rajaniemi recorded a secondary assist and played on Pelicans U18 third pairing in a 6-3 win over Blues. The big and rangy defenseman was stable throughout the game. He moved quite well in all directions and showed good coordination. He had a long reach and used his stick well to be disruptive defensively. He displayed good awareness in his own end.
Offensively, Rajaniemi played a simple game without much flash. At this point in time, his puck skills are fairly good, though he doesn’t have the fastest hands. Going forward, he could work on his stickhandling in tight spaces. While Rajaniemi is a bit raw right now, he’s strong, fairly mobile and defensively reliable and those attributes make him an intriguing prospect.
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|2016-2017||Pelicans U16||Jr. C SM-sarja Q||6||0||3||3||2||||
|Pelicans U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||17||1||5||6||6|||||Playoffs||2||0||1||1||0|
|2017-2018||Pelicans U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||4||0||1||1||4|||||Playoffs||5||0||3||3||6|
|Pelicans U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||28||1||5||6||2||||
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||8||3||1||4||0||||
|2018-2019||Pelicans U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||8||2||2||4||6||||
|Pelicans U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||26||2||3||5||10||||
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||-||-||-||-||-||||
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