Liiga Report – February 2018

niko

2018-02-16

 

Miro Heiskanen keeps doing Miro Heiskanen things. He and Eeli Tolvanen have been named to the Finnish Olympic team.

 

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fi"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoStars?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoStars</a> prospect Miro Heiskanen scored in a 2-0 exhibition win over Czech Republic. <a href="https://twitter.com/seanshapiro?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@seanshapiro</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/StarsInsideEdge?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StarsInsideEdge</a> <a href="https://t.co/gwt0rVB7vn">pic.twitter.com/gwt0rVB7vn</a></p>&mdash; Finnish jr hockey (@FINjrhockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/FINjrhockey/status/962630257063923712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">11. helmikuuta 2018</a></blockquote>https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js{/source}

 

Kristian Vesalainen of the HPK Hämeenlinna had an amazing month in January. Seven goals and 14 points in 10 games. His 19 goals and 38 points in 42 games is good enough to land him at 16th place in league scoring. Vesalainen has not been able to keep his pace up through the start of February, but is still rolling along nicely with four goals and five points in six games. This scoring outburst did not come with an assistance from an unsustainable shooting percentage. Vesalainen has been steadily shooting at around 13% throughout the season. How ever there was a dramatic rise in his shots on goal. From the start of the season to the end of December he had registered 68 shots on goal in 28 games. In the month of January alone, he had 52.

{source} <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fi"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kristian Vesalainen can shoot the puck with incredible accuracy. Another 2-goal game for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHLJets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NHLJets</a> prospect, who has a 11-8-19 stat line in 15 games since returning from the World Juniors. <a href="https://t.co/GHjD5kMqMD">pic.twitter.com/GHjD5kMqMD</a></p>&mdash; Finnish jr hockey (@FINjrhockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/FINjrhockey/status/962389316369567744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10. helmikuuta 2018</a></blockquote>https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js{/source}

 

The 2018 draft eligible, Niklas Nordgren assisted on Jesse Moilanen’s game winning goal at the U18 Five Nations tournament. Nordgren is one of the most offensively talented players on this Finnish team. He has great offensive instincts and a soft set of hands. For an undersized forward it is important that he continues to further improve his skating.

 

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fi"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jesse Moilanen (<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jokerit?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jokerit</a>) scored the game winner as <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/U18fi?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#U18fi</a> beat Czech Republic 3-2 at the Five Nations tournament. A perfectly executed play from Moilanen and highly ranked <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/2018NHLDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#2018NHLDraft</a> prospect Niklas Nordgren. <a href="https://t.co/c3XYq3WbPz">pic.twitter.com/c3XYq3WbPz</a></p>&mdash; Finnish jr hockey (@FINjrhockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/FINjrhockey/status/963691468178288640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14. helmikuuta 2018</a></blockquote>https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js{/source}

 

Another draft eligible forward, Lenni Killinen is also representing Finland in this tournament. His 13 goals and 41 points in 38 games with the Espoo Blues U20 team speaks for his offensive capabilities. He can handle the puck with ease, possesses a quick release and an accurate wrist shot. Likes to drive to the net. Killinen is an interesting combination of skill, size and speed.

 

Niko Salminen

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