- 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.
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|2015-2016||Jokerit U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||4||-||.921|||||Playoffs||2||-||.758|
|2016-2017||Jokerit U16||Jr. C SM-sarja Q||11||-||.939||||
|Jokerit U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||13||-||.895|||||Playoffs||5||-||.903|
|Jokerit U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||0||-||-||||
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||8||-||.969||||
|2017-2018||Jokerit U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||20||2.77||.923|||||Playoffs||2||5.73||.852|
|Jokerit U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||1||4.00||.875||||
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||8||-||.906||||
|2018-2019||HIFK U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||4||-||.924||||
|Finland U18||Hlinka Gretzky Cup||2||6.55||.869||||
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