FinnProspects

Prospect ranking 5 / 2020-21

Published 2021-07-24

1. (▶) Aatu Räty

 
Position: center
Shoots: Left
Born: 2002-11-14 / Oulunsalo
Height 185 cm
Weight 82 kg
Team: Kärpät

“Versatile two-way center, who’s balanced and pretty good at all areas. Really good tools to become a good NHL player, but after a difficult season a bit of a risk to draft early-first round.” – Eetu Siltanen

“A complete player with good or excellent qualities in all aspects of the game. His hockey IQ and offensive awareness remain question marks for whether he is good enough for attacking role in the NHL in the future.” – Miika Arponen

2. (1) Ville Koivunen

 
Position: forward
Shoots: Left
Born: 2003-06-13 / Oulu
Height 181 cm
Weight 72 kg
Team: Kärpät

“A highly skilled and very intelligent playmaker, who always seems to be a step or two ahead of anyone else in the rink. Sees the ice masterfully and creates scoring chances for his team shift after shift.” – Miika Arponen

“Energetic playmaker, whose hockey sense is one of the best of the whole class. Builds game and creates a great amount of scoring chances in every single game. Physical attributes still need improvement but if they work out, has real potential to be a good NHL player.” – Eetu Siltanen

3. (1) Samu Tuomaala

 
Position: left wing
Shoots: Right
Born: 2003-01-08 / Oulu
Height 177 cm
Weight 75 kg
Team: Kärpät

“Great skater with a dangerous wrist shot. Good nose for scoring chances. Able to carry the puck with his skating and speed but could find passing options more often. Comprehensive game’s developing to the NHL level still a question, but if he reaches his potential, could be a possible point producer.” – Eetu Siltanen

“One of the most lethal shots of the draft all players considered. Can score from distance, but needs to get closer to the goal to be able to score against men like he did in the juniors. Skates very well, but often stays too much on the perimeter.” – Miika Arponen

4. (2) Samu Salminen

 
Position: center
Shoots: Left
Born: 2003-04-09 / Helsinki
Height 189 cm
Weight 85 kg
Team: Jokerit

“Skilled center with good frame, who creates chances and finds open passing lanes well. Has had impressive point production in every junior level. Two-way game was still not there but it will improve as he had good effort. Had some problems with skating and the pace of the game which drops his draft stock a bit.” – Eetu Siltanen

“A big and reachy center with good shot, above-average playmaking skills and leadership qualities. Needs to improve his skating to be able to take the leap to the NHL one day.” – Miika Arponen

5. (8) Aleksi Heimosalmi

 
Position: defenceman
Shoots: Right
Born: 2003-05-08 / Pori
Height 180 cm
Weight 70 kg
Team: Ässät

“A boom or bust type of puck-moving defenceman. Can score a Cale Makar style highlight reel coast-to-coast goal and then vanish from the picture for a few games. Has all the abilities to be a game-breaking allround D-man.” – Miika Arponen

“Very mobile offensive-minded, versatile two-way defender. For a defender, is really skilled and good at deking opponents with his skill and body movements. Player with high upside but pretty low floor and NHL certainty. Was chosen as a best defender of the U18 Worlds.” – Eetu Siltanen

6. (1) Oliver Kapanen

 
Position: forward
Shoots: Right
Born: 2003-07-29 / Timrå, Sweden
Height 182 cm
Weight 73 kg
Team: KalPa

“Smart and skilled centerman, who has a great shot. Good passer who finds teammates well. Showed some good two-way game, especially at U20-level. Has problems with his skating speed, even though technique is solid, so it’s probably fixable.” – Eetu Siltanen

“A complete centerman who’s good at everything and can be thrown to the ice for any situation. Good hockey sense, above-average two-way game.” – Miika Arponen

7. (1) Samuel Helenius

 
Position: center
Shoots: Left
Born: 2002-11-26 / Järvenpää
Height 199 cm
Weight 83 kg
Team: JYP

“A huge two-way centerman whose biggest strengths are in his defensive game. Has scored some points during his career, but will definitely project as a 4th line PK specialist on the NHL level.” – Miika Arponen

“Physical two-way center with great penalty killing ability. Skates well for his size. Even though has some scoring ability, won’t be a big point-producer in the NHL, but has potential to be one of the best bottom-6 players of the NHL.” – Eetu Siltanen

8. (1) Aleksi Malinen

 
Position: defenceman
Shoots: Left
Born: 2003-05-26 / Tuusula
Height 180 cm
Weight 75 kg
Team: JYP

“Mobile two-way defender with good puck skills. Showed some good breakout game and had a solid season in JYP’s Liiga roster. Was a bit of a disappointment at U18’s but maybe he’ll just need to adjust to smaller rink. Defensive game and strength need to improve.” – Eetu Siltanen

“A prototypical modern defenceman with excellent skating, decent puck-handling skills and good gap control. Has never been a big point producer, but gives reliably the easy first pass and occassionally joins the rush.” – Miika Arponen

9. (1) Viljami Marjala

 
Position: left wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 2003-01-29 / Oulu
Height 180 cm
Weight 70 kg
Team: Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

“A reliable two-way forward that can be used in all situations of the game. Has his biggest strengths in playmaking and creates a lot of scoring chances for his linemates.” – Miika Arponen

“Skilled playmaking winger. Good hockey sense and passing ability. Skating is the biggest flaw. Should simplify game as has tendency to lose pucks because of deking too much.” – Eetu Siltanen

10. (1) Topias Vilén

 
Position: defenceman
Shoots: Left
Born: 2003-04-01 / Lahti
Height 183 cm
Weight 83 kg
Team: Pelicans

“Good season in Pelicans’ Liiga roster. Balanced, defensive-minded defender. Skating speed and pace of the game caused some problems from time to time but for his age has very good physicality and solid defensive game. On-puck game is good enough, but there’s really not that much offensive upside.” – Eetu Siltanen

“A traditional stay-at-home defenceman who likes to keep his game very simple with the puck and does his job at the own end of the ice. Doesn’t shy away from contacts and positions well.” – Miika Arponen

11. (▶) Viljami Juusola

 
Position: defenceman
Shoots: Left
Born: 2003-04-19 / Kirkkonummi
Height 177 cm
Weight 71 kg
Team: Luleå (SHL)

“An offensive-minded defenceman with good playmaking skills. Can quarterback the PP effectively and get pucks to the net through traffic with good percentage. Needs to work on his defensive game.” – Miika Arponen

“Really precise passer, breakout passes go tape-to-tape with a great percent. Smooth skater with good puck skills. Uses his stick well to defend. Defensive game and physicality need improvement, along with explosive strength.” – Eetu Siltanen

12. (2) Valtteri Koskela

 
Position: defenceman
Shoots: Left
Born: 2002-10-20 / Jyväskylä
Height 178 cm
Weight 71 kg
Team: JYP

“Versatile two-way defender. Flashed some nice skills in Liiga level but not very consistently. Pretty small but still showed some solid defensive game, also in Liiga level.” – Eetu Siltanen

13. (RE) Jimi Suomi

 
Position: defenceman
Shoots: Left
Born: 2003-03-01 / Espoo
Height 176 cm
Weight 69 kg
Team: Jokerit

“One of the most skilled skaters in the draft. Has trouble defending against bigger opponents, but often compensates that with his skating and active stick. Has a high point-scoring upside.” – Miika Arponen

“Very mobile extremely undersize offensive defender. Really good puck skills and good passing ability. Defensively was sometimes in big trouble, even at U20 level. Strength and small size are big problems, when he moves to play against men, but has high upside which makes him a solid late-round pick.” – Eetu Siltanen

14. (2) Eetu Liukas

 
Position: right wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 2002-09-25 / Kaarina
Height 188 cm
Weight 91 kg
Team: TPS

“Physical winger. Won’t be a great point scorer in the NHL but could bring good physical presence and two-way game in bottom-6 role. When gets a good scoring chance, can also score goals.” – Eetu Siltanen

“A powerforward with reliable defensive game, good skating and relentless motor. Every coach’s dream player. Doesn’t have high scoring upside, but can chip in with a goal here and there.” – Miika Arponen

15. (RE) Ville Ottavainen

 
Position: defenceman
Shoots: Right
Born: 2002-08-12 / Oulu
Height 193 cm
Weight 91 kg
Team: Kärpät

“Big, skilled offensive-minded defender, who had problems with the pace of the game from time to time at Liiga level. Heavy shot and skates smoothly but lacks explosive power. Physicality and on-puck certainty along with defensive game needs to improve.” – Eetu Siltanen

16. (RE) Ruben Rafkin

 
Position: defenceman
Shoots: Right
Born: 2002-01-08 / Turku
Height 182 cm
Weight 86 kg
Team: TPS

“A sturdy and solid defenceman who likes to play physical game and hits a lot. Has a strong net-front presence and a bomb of a shot. Sometimes takes a bit too big risks with the puck.” – Miika Arponen

“Defensive-minded, versatile defender. On-puck game, especially breakout passes also really solid. Has a heavy slap shot. Went undrafted in last year’s draft but should go in the later rounds this year, after such a strong campaign in Liiga.” – Eetu Siltanen

17. (2) Jeremi Tammela

 
Position: forward
Shoots: Right
Born: 2003-09-12 / Ylivieska
Height 176 cm
Weight 73 kg
Team: Lukko

“An energetic winger with good skating. A volume shooter with a lot of drive to score goals, but can set up his linemates as well. Is a bit undersized, and needs to get stronger to be able to succeed in the bigger leagues.” – Miika Arponen