Santeri Virtanen

Position: forward
Shoots: Left
Born: 1999-05-11 / Kirkkonummi
Height 188 cm
Weight 88 kg
Team: SaiPa

Prospects ranking positions

Drafted by Winnipeg Jets in 2017 #105

  • 2017-04-13 at Slovakia - Finland, World U18 Championship by Asko Huuki

    Virtanen played as a second line center and he was also on second powerplay unit. But despite recording point against Slovakia, his game left a lot to desire offensively.

    Center didn’t get his offensive game really going during the game. His passing game was hasty and many of his passes were inaccurate or were passed to the spot without any of his teammates. He was also too hasty when receiving the puck and due to that he lost the puck couple of times. He did not show the craftiest hands either.

    However Virtanen is big and physically strong player who knows how to use his body. He is also pretty good skater for a player of his size. Virtanen also showed good work ethic and hockey sense without puck as he was often in a position where defenders and wingers were able to pass the puck to him.

  • 2017-03-21 at HIFK - TPS, U18 by Marco Bombino

    Virtanen, who has returned to TPS after starting the season with USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints, had a good game against HIFK U18. While he was somewhat overshadowed by the superb performances of teammates Matias Maccelli and Kaapo Kakko, Virtanen did show pretty interesting upside.

    The 6’2 center read the game well both offensively and defensively. He used his linemates with timely, clever passes – certainly has potential as a playmaker. He positioning was solid and he blocked a shot right after defensive zone face-off in the third period. Skating and speed are areas for some improvement. His first two-step acceleration and agility could get better.

    While Virtanen missed plenty of time this season due to injury, he’s been playing well with TPS U20 and U18 teams. If he does not get picked in this year’s NHL Draft, he will have a good opportunity to be selected next year as he has skill, smarts and good size as well.


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Finland Selects U13QC Int PW1 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 TUTO Hockey U16U16 SM-sarja Q11 13 1528 2|        
  TUTO Hockey U16U16 SM-sarja32 20 3151 8|        
  TUTO Hockey U18U18 Mestis1 1 01 0|        
 2014-2015 TPS U16U16 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs4 3 14
  TPS U18U18 SM-sarja35 9 1726 6|Playoffs2 0 00
  TPS U20U20 SM-sarja4 0 00 0|        
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr11 6 713 0|        
 2015-2016 TPS U18U18 SM-sarja35 14 3145 10|Playoffs4 0 11
  TPS U20U20 SM-sarja8 0 00 2|        
  Finland U17WHC-175 0 11 2|        
 2016-2017 TPS U18U18 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs5 0 55 12 
  TPS U20U20 SM-sarja5 2 46 0|Playoffs3 2 02
  Finland U18WJC-187 2 46 2|        
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 12 2|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr12 5 510 4|        
 2017-2018 Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL29 8 816 4|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr8 0 55 2|        
 2018-2019 SaiPaLiiga40 5 510 8|Playoffs3 0 00
  Finland U20WJC-207 1 23 4|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr12 6 39 4|        
 2019-2020 SaiPaLiiga35 6 410 6|        
 2020-2021 SaiPaLiiga- - -- -|        

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