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Fantasy Summary

Boom or bust type offensive defenseman with high upside.


Observations

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February 2020 – The question about Honka will always be about his commitment in the defensive zone but his skill pushing forward up the ice will never be in question. He has great skill and puts up numbers and was a good upside pick in the third round for the Hurricanes. He represented Finland in the 2020 World Junior Championship and has tallied 17 points in 37 games for JYP in Liiga. If Honka can continue to improve his skill and effort in the defensive zone, this selection could work out to be a steal for the Canes. Jack LeGwin

 

June 2019 – Honka has been drafted 83rd overall by the Hurricanes.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

June 2019 – Honka was officially measured at 5-foot-10.5 and 178 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

November 2018 – The younger Honka got a lot of praise after putting up big numbers in the Liiga last season. He had a good start to this season as well but he struggled as the season went on which is why he was sent down to Mestis which is a second-tier pro league in Finland. Honka has great offensive tools which give him huge upside but there are a lot of concerns about his defensive game. Honka is a great skater who can make quick turns at high speed. His puck-skills are elite. He makes great reads and is always looking for offense. But defensively, there’s a ton of work to be done, and he hasn’t really shown any progress in that area. Honka is also one of the older players for his draft class which is another cause for concern. His small size (5-10, 170) also doesn’t help matters. He has a chance to play at the World Juniors but his spot isn’t guaranteed by any means.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 5, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 178 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 3; Overall: 83

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 JYP U16U16 SM-sarja Q5 2 24 4|        
  JYP U16U16 SM-sarja10 5 914 20|        
  JYP U18U18 SM-sarja31 3 69 4|Playoffs5 0 00
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr2 0 11 0|        
 2016-2017 JYP U18U18 SM-sarja7 0 44 2|        
  JYP U20U20 SM-sarja26 2 79 6|Playoffs3 0 11
  Finland U17WHC-175 0 00 0|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr14 0 00 0|        
 2017-2018 JYP U20U20 SM-sarja28 4 1317 22|Playoffs2 0 11
  JYPLiiga20 2 79 2|        
  JYPChampions HL5 0 00 2|        
  KeuPa HTMestis7 0 33 8|Playoffs5 1 23
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 11 0|        
  Finland U18WJC-187 0 55 6|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr23 1 1314 14|        
 2018-2019 JYPChampions HL6 0 00 4|        
  JYP U20U20 SM-sarja6 2 79 2|        
  JYPLiiga16 1 34 6|        
  KeuPa HTMestis11 2 57 10|Playoffs17 3 811
  JukuritLiiga11 2 24 6|        
  Finland U20WJC-206 0 00 2|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr22 2 79 12|        
 2019-2020 JYPLiiga43 3 1619 8|        
  Finland U20WJC-207 1 12 4|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr17 4 59 4|        
 2020-2021 JYPLiiga16 1 45 0|        

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