Prospect Deep Dive: Anton Lundell

Jokke Nevalainen

2019-09-17

 

Anton Lundell is one of the top players available for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, and definitely the best out of Finland. Despite his young age, he has already impressed at the professional level in Finland as well as internationally, having won two gold medals already. Here’s my Deep Dive on him.

 

Player details

 

Name: Anton Lundell

Position: Center

Team: HIFK

League: Liiga

Date of Birth: October 3rd 2001

Place of Birth: Espoo, Finland

Height: 6’1” (185 cm)

Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)

Shoots: Left

 

Rankings

 

#4 by Cam Robinson / DobberProspects

#4 by Future Considerations

#4 by HockeyProspect.com

#6 by Corey Pronman / The Athletic

#9 by Bob McKenzie / TSN Hockey

#9 by Craig Button / TSN Hockey

 

Player type

 

To start off, I think it’s best to start with Lundell’s own characterization of the type of player he is and what his strengths are. ”I think my strength is my strong two-way game,” Lundell said. “As a playmaker, I can create scoring chances for my linemates and me, and dictate the pace of the game. I’m also strong on faceoffs, and that’s always important to get the puck to your own team.”

 

For another view, I also interviewed former NHL player (95 games with the Edmonton Oilers) and current Captain of Lundell’s club team HIFK, winger Lennart Petrell. “Reading the play and passing are clear strengths for him. He’s a very smart and skilled player,” Petrell said. “Reads the game very well.”

 

Lundell is known as a very analytical player, so it comes as no surprise that he has a very good grasp of his strengths and the type of player he is. Because of the type of player he is, it’s also not that difficult to guess who his biggest NHL idol has been. ”Pavel Datsyuk is one idol I’ve been following. I’ve watched a lot of games and videos of him, and tried to practice some of his tricks on my own time,” Lundell said.

 

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