Eemil Viro

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of Leijonat.fi

Fantasy Summary

An average-sized puck-moving defenseman with good two-way qualities and middle-pair upside. A very good skater and a very smart player but lacks standout skills.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 3, 2002
Height 6‘0”
Weight 168 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

January 2020 – Viro started this season at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he played a pretty big role for Team Finland. Even though he was held pointless in five games, he left a positive impression which was needed because he was a relatively unknown prospect at that time. Viro then started his first full season at Jr. SM-liiga. He played just 13 games there before earning his first call-up to the Liiga team. After those first 13 games, Viro has played just two more games in the junior league, and he now has more Liiga games than junior games this season. His quick transition to the Liiga level has been impressive and people have taken notice of that.

Viro is an average-sized two-way defenseman who doesn’t really have any standout qualities but he’s good at everything. He is a very good skater with edge work and three-step quickness being his biggest strengths in that area. He is also a very smart player who doesn’t usually force plays that aren’t there. He gives very good breakout passes and likes to join the rush. Even though he isn’t a puck-rusher, he can also carry the puck if passing lanes are not available. He can make flashy plays at times but those are not his calling card. Although he is a better player with the puck than without it, Viro is also a pretty good defensive player. He is not big or physical but he utilizes his stick effectively. His positioning still needs improvement but his good hockey sense allows him to improve in that area as well. Like most players his age, he needs to get stronger to win more battles at the pro level.

Viro will likely spend the rest of this season primarily at the Liiga level because TPS is not a very strong team and they can use a player like him. Viro is also expected to play a big role for Team Finland at the U18 Worlds. Although his upside isn’t anything special, Viro will likely get drafted in the first few rounds because smart puck-moving defensemen like him are valuable in today’s NHL. He will need at least a couple of years before playing in the NHL.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q - - - - - |          
  TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
 2017-2018 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 23 8 25 33 20 |          
  TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 16 8 8 16 8 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 0 2 2 10 |          
 2018-2019 TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 41 7 13 20 34 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 4 0 1 1 0 |          
  Finland U17 EYOF 3 0 2 2 4 |          
  Finland U17 WHC-17 6 0 0 0 2 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 24 0 5 5 10 |          
 2019-2020 TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 15 1 5 6 14 |          
  TPS Liiga 24 0 3 3 4 |          
  TPS Spengler Cup 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 13 0 3 3 6 |          

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