Toni Utunen

Position: defenceman
Shoots: Left
Born: 2000-04-27 / Kokkola, Finland
Height 180 cm
Weight 78 kg
Team: Tappara

Prospects ranking positions

  • 2017-12-13 at Tappara - KooKoo by Miika Arponen

    Utunen got into the playing three pairs for the first time this season in Liiga, and played 16.48 in the third pair. He didn’t make it in the scoresheet, but played a very good game in both ends of the ice.

    His skating looks even better than last time I saw him, and his positioning is very good. He is also very agile on skates and can keep a very good gap control because of that. While he is still a bit lightweight, he wasn’t outmuscled at all in the game.

    Offensively he most often gave the easy first pass, but he also joined the rush a couple of times. His hockey IQ seems to be good enough for this level.

  • 2017-10-04 at Tappara - Banska Bystrica, Champions Hockey League by Asko Huuki

    Young defenceman had a solid performance when Tappara secured 3-0 victory against Slovakian team. Utunen collected two assists the first one being primary assist for Tappara’s second goal.

    Utunen played solid passing game and he looked really comfortable with the puck even under the pressure. However he occasionally had some problems at own area because of his lack of size. He is smallish and still very lightweight and due to this he got knocked off the puck couple of times. Despite this, Utunen showed willingness to go to the dirty areas and board battles.

    Utunen could be bit quicker but he is smooth and agile skater. His awareness, decision-making and vision looked excellent especially considering his age.

  • 2017-04-22 at Finland - Russia, U18 by Miika Arponen

    Utunen has had a good tournament so far. He has played wisely using his strengths. His skating is smooth and and it looks like he doesn’t need to put much effort to it.

    He isn’t very physical player, and he relies more on his good gap control and skating than hard hits or pure muscle power. His positioning is also on a good level.

    While he isn’t a flashy player in any way, Utunen can handle the puck well and gives crisp passes. Utunen is very poised with the puck and is not afraid of trusting his puck-handling skills.

  • 2016-11-20 at Tappara - Lukko, U20 by Asko Huuki

    Despite being the youngest player on ice, Utunen was one of the best defenders in the game. Utunen got a lot of ice time playing on the first defensive pair and also on special teams. Defenseman is smart, moves well, gives solid and precise passes and manages to keep puck while being in tight spaces. He is also impressive at the defensive end for a player of his age. He has good gap control and he breaks passes often thanks to his excellent positioning.

    As expected due to his young age, Utunen is still lightweight and he occasionally gets into trouble while he is battling in front of net or against the boards.


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Tappara U16Jr. C SM-sarja Q7 1 45 10|        
  Tappara U16Jr. C SM-sarja30 7 1724 16|        
  Finland Selects U15WSI U157 3 25 8|        
 2015-2016 Tappara U18Jr. B SM-sarja40 4 1014 62|Playoffs3 0 00 12 
  Finland U16 YOG6 3 36 3|        
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr8 3 69 4|        
 2016-2017 Tappara U18Jr. B SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs4 0 00
  Tappara U20Jr. A SM-liiga39 1 1011 10|Playoffs2 0 00
  TapparaLiiga1 0 00 0|        
  Finland U18Hlinka Memorial4 0 00 4|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr3 1 01 0|        
  Finland U18WJC-187 1 12 0|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr20 1 12 10|        
 2017-2018 TapparaChampions HL2 0 22 2|        
  LeKiSuomen Cup3 0 55 2|        
  Finland U18Hlinka Memorial4 1 23 2|        
  Tappara U20Jr. A SM-liiga0 0 00 0|Playoffs2 0 00
  TapparaLiiga11 0 00 0|        
  LeKiMestis28 2 1012 12|Playoffs5 0 11
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr- - -- -|        

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