- 2019-08-31 at KalPa - Kiekko-Espoo, A-SM by Jokke Nevalainen
Miettinen played right wing on the top line for Kiekko-Espoo U20. He also wore an ‘A’ and was used heavily on both special teams.
Miettinen is the top player on his team and one of the top players in the league. He played a total of 23:05 and was consistently noticeable on the ice. He ran the top power play unit from the right half-wall. He got a lot of scoring chances by either finding soft spots on the ice or by changing the angle of the shot when he couldn’t find a passing lane. Miettinen also showed excellent backchecking and forechecking ability. He stole the puck in his own end and flashed his speed and skill when creating a scoring chance from that. He also had one great block late in the game while protecting a lead.
Miettinen scored two goals in the game. The first one he batted a rebound in from mid-air. This wasn’t the only situation today where he showed excellent hand-eye coordination. The second goal was scored into an empty net but it was an impressive performance nonetheless. He got the puck in the defensive zone and just took off. He finished the play despite receiving a huge slash on his hands in the process.
- 2019-07-22 at FIN-CZE, U20 by Jokke Nevalainen
Miettinen played right wing on the third line for Finland’s B squad in a U20 training camp game against the Czechs. He was also used in front of the net on the second power play unit. He was held pointless in the game but fired four shots on goal.
Miettinen wasn’t overly noticeable in the game but it was his first international game at the U20 level and he was the youngest player on the team. Miettinen showed a really good effort level on the ice, battling for loose pucks and backchecking very well. It would have been nice to see more offensive plays from Miettinen in this game but their line seemed to lack chemistry which is understandable because it was the first game of the season and they had had just one on-ice practice together before the game.
- 2019-04-19 at Finland - Belarus, U18 World Championship by Asko Huuki
Unfortunately, Miettinen has been disappointing during the first two games of the tournament. He hasn’t found the chemistry with his linemates (Räty brothers, Aku and Aatu) and he has been mostly invisible and outside the play, even though he has seen some time in power play.
Miettinen still shows a good work ethic as well as above average skating ability. He had three shots against Belarus, one of them being a really good scoring chance, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to score this time. Overall however, Miettinen needs to improve a lot and it will be interesting to see if Team Finland will change the lines in the forthcoming games.
- 2019-02-23 at Tappara - Blues, A-SM by Jokke Nevalainen
Miettinen played right wing on the top line. He was also running the 2nd PP unit from the right half-wall, and he also played on the PK as well. All in all, he played over 17 minutes in the game his team won 4-3.
Miettinen had an amazing power play assist. He drew the defenders towards himself and then threw a great cross-ice pass, and the player receiving the pass had an easy job putting the puck in. Miettinen also made some really good offensive zone entries on the PP, and showed a very good one-timer as well.
Late in the game, Miettinen had a great individual rush but unfortunately appeared to hurt himself after the play. He stayed on the bench but didn’t play a single shift after it, and he had an ice bag on his left shoulder for the rest of the game.
- 2018-10-27 at SaiPa - Blues, U20 by Asko Huuki
Miettinen had a great game against SaiPa and he got two primary assists in power play, both with great and accurate passes in the offensive zone. He did great job finding shooting lanes and he recorded eight shots during the game. His shot could be bit quicker and more accurate however.
What stood out the most from his game was his speed. The young Finn was one of the quickest players on ice showing also great agility and acceleration. Because of his great skating, he forced SaiPa defenders to take couple of penalties. Miettinen and the whole first line was very impressive playing really quick and accurate passing game where everyone was active and moved constantly, the kind of play that requires hockey IQ.
The biggest concern with Miettinen is his smallish size, but he compensates the lack of size well with his speed, skill and vision. His stickhandling was impressive as he made efficient dekes from shift to shift as well as playing really good checking game. Miettinen is already defensively sound and he uses his vision and speed well at the defensive zone. He also has some physicality in his game despite his size and young age.
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|2015-2016||Blues U16||Jr. C SM-sarja Q||12||12||17||29||0||||
|Blues U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||28||27||13||40||4|||||Playoffs||5||1||0||1||0|
|Blues U18 Akatemia||Jr. B SM-sarja||2||0||0||0||0||||
|2016-2017||Blues U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||0||0||0||0||0|||||Playoffs||1||0||0||0||0|
|Blues U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||45||26||26||52||4|||||Playoffs||4||2||0||2||0|
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||11||3||7||10||0||||
|2017-2018||Blues U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||4||4||3||7||2|||||Playoffs||2||0||0||0||0|
|Kiekko-Espoo U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||38||11||13||24||4|||||Playoffs||4||0||1||1||0|
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||18||4||4||8||4||||
|2018-2019||Kiekko-Espoo U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||48||27||34||61||16|||||Playoffs||11||5||6||11||12|
|Finland U18 (all)||International-Jr||25||8||10||18||10||||
|Finland U18||Hlinka Gretzky Cup||4||2||1||3||2||||
|2019-2020||Kiekko-Espoo U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||52||42||31||73||6||||
|Finland U20 (all)||International-Jr||9||2||2||4||2||||
|2020-2021||St. Cloud State Univ.||NCAA||-||-||-||-||-||||
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