Drafted by Buffalo Sabres in 2017 #89
- 2018-09-22 at Lukko - Ilves, Liiga by Miika Arponen
Laaksonen continued his strong start of the season in Ilves’ first pairing. He failed to score a point, but was constantly joining the rush and recorded five shots on goal.
His confidence is still sky-high and he is not afraid of trying bold moves with the puck. He skating looks very smooth and easy and he has both very good top speed and skill.
Even though he is still a bit lightweight in physical battles, he has improved from last season and was not outmuscled constantly like he sometimes was last season. His gap control is excellent, as he can keep up with even the fastest forwards with his skating.
- 2018-03-02 at Ilves - Tappara, Liiga by Miika Arponen
Laaksonen played the biggest minutes of his pro career so far with 22:01 of ice time against Tappara. He manned the point in the power-play and got to play on the overtime with the two top forwards of the team.
His skating, which was already impressive, seems to be getting better all the time. Laaksonen brought the puck out of his own zone multiple times with his skating and stick-handled his way to the opposing end a few times. He plays a very poised game.
The defenceman’s gap control is excellent. He can keep up with even the fastest forwards in the league, and reacts quickly to turnarounds and changes of pace.
Ilves head coach Karri Kivi on Laaksonen after the game: “He is not fazed by anything. He plays like in a street hockey game. He has same qualities than all the modern top D prospects do, and he doesn’t have any problems in the own end either.”
- 2018-01-09 at Ilves - HPK, Liiga by Miika Arponen
Laaksonen made his debut in the pro ranks as the 7th D-man of Ilves. He got 7.29 of ice time and played a total on nine shifts, including two in the power-play.
Despite playing the odd shift, Laaksonen had a solid game. His skating was very smooth and agile and his first strides seemed to be quite powerful. He also read the play well and positioned himself nicely in all situations.
He played the point in the power-play with a great poise and showed both good hands and great lateral movement at the blueline. His passes were crisp and he even recorded a secondary assist on the power-play.
Laaksonen is still a little bit lightweight, but he didn’t shy away from contacts and wasn’t thrown around near the boards either. He mainly relied on his stick and positioning as far as he could.
- 2017-09-02 at Ilves - Jokerit, A-SM by Miika Arponen
Buffalo Sabres’ third round draft pick played a twofold game. He showed offensive potential several times when he started attacks with crisp passes. He also joined the rush a few times and was even the first player to drive to the net a couple of times.
In the own end his game wasn’t so good. Laaksonen lost quite a few battles near the boards and in front of the net. He was also a bit negligent and his passes were intercepted near their own goal.
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|Ilves U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||30||1||7||8||14||||
|2015-2016||Ilves U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||48||7||18||25||16|||||Playoffs||4||1||3||4||29|
|2016-2017||Ilves U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||10||0||10||10||12|||||Playoffs||4||2||2||4||4|
|Ilves U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||27||6||3||9||14|||||Playoffs||6||1||1||2||4|
|2017-2018||Ilves U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||40||4||11||15||52||||
|Finland U20 (all)||International-Jr||6||5||1||6||4||||
|2018-2019||Ilves U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||-||-||-||-||-||||
|Finland U20 (all)||International-Jr||-||-||-||-||-||||
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