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Roope Taponen

Position: goalie
Catches: Left
Born: 2001-03-14 / Espoo
Height 182 cm
Weight 70 kg
Team: HIFK
  • 2018-02-19 at U17 Five Nations by Marco Bombino

    Taponen was stable in net for the Finnish team throughout the tournament. The game against USA was his best performance, as he made 35 saves and gave his team a chance to win, despite the Finnish team getting clearly outshot by the opponent. The Jokerit U18 goalie seems to most often perform at his best when carrying a heavy workload. While he did allow a couple of soft goals in the tournament, he was able to bounce back quickly.

    Taponen is an extremely quick and flexible goalie. He showed quick lateral movements and he moved effectively post to post. His glove hand was quick and consistent. His rebound control was a bit of an issue at times, but he was quick to recover loose pucks. He displayed quick reactions and reflexes. He stopped pucks properly behind the net and he handled and moved the puck well most of the time.

    Taponen doesn’t have the prototypical size of today’s goalie, but he does have NHL potential given his great quickness, athleticism and ability to perform well in pressure situations.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2015-2016 Jokerit U16Jr. C SM-sarja4 - .921|Playoffs2 - .758
 2016-2017 Jokerit U16Jr. C SM-sarja Q11 - .939|      
  Jokerit U16Jr. C SM-sarja13 - .895|Playoffs5 - .903
  Jokerit U18Jr. B SM-sarja0 - -|      
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr8 - .969|      
 2017-2018 Jokerit U18Jr. B SM-sarja20 2.77 .923|Playoffs2 5.73 .852
  Jokerit U20Jr. A SM-liiga1 4.00 .875|      
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr8 - .906|      
 2018-2019 HIFK U20Jr. A SM-liiga17 2.82 .911|      
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr3 5.49 .876|      
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup2 6.55 .869|      

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