Aleks Haatanen

2020 NHL Draft
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Fantasy Summary

Undersized offensive winger with lots of speed and talent but his ability to properly utilize his linemates is a concern. Boom or bust type prospect.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 2.0
Country FIN
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth November 16, 2000
Height 5‘9”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

June 2019 – Haatanen did not get drafted in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He is now eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.  Jokke Nevalainen

March 2019 – Haatanen spent most of his draft season in Jr. A SM-liiga which is the top junior level in Finland. While there, he put up 14 goals and 44 points in 38 games which is excellent production considering his age. He also played 14 games in Mestis which is the second-highest pro level in Finland and put up two goals and nine points there. Additionally, he played two games at the top level in Liiga but only got minimal ice time there. At the international level, Haatanen played seven games with Finland’s U20 team and had six assists in those games. So he has put up points pretty much everywhere he’s played.

Haatanen is an offensive winger with lots of talent. He’s more of a playmaker but has good finishing abilities as well, including a quick release. He has great vision and passing skills. He keeps his head up and reads the game really well. His puck-skills are great, and he can make opposing defenders look foolish in one-on-one situations. His skating is also very good, and he’s capable of making plays at top speed. He’s fine defensively, and a good backchecker capable of stealing pucks. The biggest concern around Haatanen is his ability to play a team game. He’s often very individualistic and even selfish at times. He needs to improve his decision-making and simplify his game to have success at the pro level. He’s also undersized (5-9, 179) and one of the older players in his draft class. All those things combined make him a very risky prospect. But his game has been trending in the right direction during his draft season. Haatanen is likely going to be drafted in the late rounds of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. In deep fantasy hockey leagues, he’s worth consideration as a late round gamble because of his offensive upside.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Finland Selects U13 QC Int PW 2 1 1 2 0 |          
 2014-2015 Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 0 1 1 0 |          
  Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 18 3 7 10 4 | Playoffs 9 1 3 4
 2015-2016 Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 12 9 21 30 8 |          
  Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 22 16 33 49 8 | Playoffs 5 3 6 9
  Blues U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Blues U18 Akatemia Jr. B SM-sarja 4 0 1 1 0 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 5 1 0 1 0 |          
 2016-2017 HIFK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 40 14 14 28 24 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2017-2018 Blues U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 15 13 13 26 10 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1
  Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 32 3 4 7 6 |          
  Blues U20 Akatemia Jr. A Mestis 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 Pelicans U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 38 14 30 44 32 | Playoffs 10 3 5 8
  Pelicans Liiga 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Peliitat Mestis 14 2 7 9 2 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 10 1 6 7 4 |          
 2019-2020 Pelicans Liiga - - - - - |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr - - - - - |          

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