His path to the professional hockey ranks? The Quebec midget league to a U.S. prep school, then to various other select hockey programs in the States, to the USHL and finally a commitment to the University of Vermont. He has excellent size and he knows how to use it to his advantage in a checking capacity. Is a solid hitter as well as a good defender who can play the two-way game from the center position. Needs to excel against stiffer competition and prove capable of producing good totals even when he is not physically overpowering the opposition. Must also improve his skating ability in order to maximize his appearances at the highest level. Big, two-way center with upside.
After posting huge numbers in the Finnish junior leagues, including a 42-goal campaign in his draft year, he decided to move to North America in order to enroll at St. Cloud State University. A pure goal-scoring winger, he thinks the game extremely well and also delivers the goods with an impressive shot. Size may be an issue for him, though, as he is somewhat on the smallish size for an ideal winger at the NHL level. That said, he will maximize his prospects in the big league as long as he continues to find the back of the net with regularity. Talented, savvy goal-scoring winger with good upside.
In his second WHL campaign, the diminutive winger produced at over a point-per-game clip for the Winnipeg Ice. He is a gifted offensive contributor thanks mostly to his hockey IQ; he thinks the game far better than most, which enables him to anticipate plays more quickly than the others on the ice. Can score goals as well as set up teammates but lacks optimal size and strength. Also, he is not an elite skater (which can pose a problem considering his lack of bulk) for the highest level. Must prove he can continue to produce regularly as he climbs the developmental ladder. Smart, talented scoring winger with upside.
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