- 2018-12-04 at Ilves - Jokerit, A-SM by Jokke Nevalainen
Hatakka played on the top pair for Jokerit, and he was also used on the top PK unit, but he didn’t see any time on the power play. He played a total of 19:05 in the game.
Hatakka looks like a reliable defender who can stay calm under pressure. He has pretty good mobility, and he made couple of good hits as well. He was very good on rush defense but otherwise made a couple of defensive mistakes by ending up on the wrong side of the opposing player.
On a positive note, he looked like a completely different player at 4-on-4. He was much more active offensively and not afraid to make mistakes. This leads me to believe there might be a bit more we’re not seeing yet from him but he’s trying to play it safe and avoid mistakes.
- 2018-02-18 at U17 Five Nations by Marco Bombino
Santeri Hatakka had a pretty solid U17 Five Nations tournament and played in important situations for the Finnish team. His strong play on the penalty kill was particularly notable against Russia, he was really effective with his reads under pressure and cleared the zone several times.
Hatakka is a highly competitive defenseman who is not afraid of throwing his weight around in the defensive zone. He possesses really good four-way mobility, with better-than-average agility and footwork. He skates well in all directions and gets around the ice with relative ease.
His puck management is an area for considerable improvement. He needs to be more consistent and reliable with the puck, as he can be prone to ill-advised passes in his own end. He also occasionally has trouble to control pucks in tight spaces. Hatakka has a decent point shot, but could improve its power.
- 2016-12-28 at Finland - Slovakia, U16 by Marco Bombino
Hatakka is a steady two-way defenseman with good size at 6’0. He’s reliable and competitive defensively, has good gap control and can keep forwards to the outside efficiently. He has good poise with the puck at both ends and makes crisp long passes. Has a high panic threshold. He’s got strong straight-ahead speed and moves fairly well in all directions. However, he could refine his puck skills a little bit and be more consistent at moving the puck. Hatakka has been impressive for Jokerit U18 as well and projects well for the higher levels.
Articles about Santeri Hatakka
Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com
|2015-2016||Jokerit U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||11||1||0||1||4||||
|2016-2017||Jokerit U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||0||0||0||0||0|||||Playoffs||3||0||3||3||2|
|Jokerit U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||35||3||19||22||63|||||Playoffs||2||1||1||2||10|
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||11||0||1||1||6||||
|Jokerit U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||5||0||0||0||2|||||Playoffs||2||1||0||1||2|
|Jokerit U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||46||4||12||16||28||||
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||16||0||3||3||18||||
|2018-2019||Jokerit U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||27||2||6||8||16||||
Player statistics © www.eliteprospects.com