Aarne Talvitie

New Jersey Devils
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Fantasy Summary

Solid and versatile teammate with leadership skills and grit, but nothing that screams elite.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country FIN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 11, 1999
Height 5‘11”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 6; Overall: 160

Observations

March 2019 – Talvitie was impressing all the right people with seven points in seven games for Finland at the 2019 World Junior Championships. That included four goals and a tenacious presence that drove even some Canadian players mad. It is that relentless nature which endeared him to Penn State fans. Also, he managed to score five goals and 16 points in 17 games for the university. That was before a knee injury in January ended his season. He should be healthy for his sophomore season at Penn State. As Penn State coaches remarked, “Aarne is faster than we saw in the game film…much faster”. Chris Wassel

July 2018 – Talvitie is having a strong summer and has given the Devils yet another potential late round steal. Selected in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL draft, Talvitie has continued to improve his stock at every stop. He had a good development camp with the Devils and is now representing Finland this summer. In a two-game series against the Czech Republic, he was playing on the top line with 2018 third overall selection Jesperi Kotkaniemi and scored two goals in a 9-3 rout in game one. Talvitie has also been rostered for the Summer Showcase Tournament. Another good showing and the Penn State commitment might find his way on to the World Junior Championship roster this winter. Keep this kid on your radar. Kelly Bowler

 

August 2017 – Talvitie was another Devils prospect who had a strong showing at the World Junior Summer Showcase. The Finnish center scored twice during the tournament and elevated his game enough to play top line minutes in the final games. The Penn State commitment has options to play in either the USHL or Finland next year, but no decision has been made yet. Grant Frey

 

July 2017 – Effective at even strength, on the power play or killing penalties, Talvitie’s a diligent, puck-distributing teammate with a dangerous and quick release on his heavy shot. Solid playmaking skills help him drive his line from the pivot, as does his ability to receive and fire pucks at the net in stride. Not huge at 5-11, 198-pounds he makes the most of his intuition and positioning chops as a defensive asset, utilizing quick skating speed and strong arms to knock opponents off the puck. Collects frequent penalty minutes with 155 in 164 Finnish juniors contests. Finished the U18 World Championships with four goals and three assists in seven games serving as captain for Team Finland. A 2018-19 Penn State commit. Kevin Wickersham


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Finland Selects U13 QC Int PW 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2013-2014 Blues U16 Akatemia Jr. C SM-sarja Q 11 8 5 13 4 |          
  Blues U16 Akatemia Jr. C SM-sarja 31 12 7 19 8 |          
  Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 9 10 12 22 4 |          
  Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 23 12 14 26 14 | Playoffs 11 5 6 11
  Blues U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 9 4 3 7 2 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 8 3 0 3 4 |          
 2015-2016 Blues U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 38 14 16 30 26 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
  Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 6 0 1 1 0 |          
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Blues U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 4 2 1 3
  Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 46 13 24 37 36 | Playoffs 4 3 1 4
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 4 3 7 6 |          
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 1 1 12 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 25 9 10 19 30 |          
 2017-2018 Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 41 34 24 58 34 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 17 5 4 9 10 |          
 2018-2019 Penn State Univ. NCAA 17 5 11 16 2 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 4 3 7 14 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 10 3 13 16 |          

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