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.
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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
|2016-2017||TPS U16||U16 SM-sarja Q||-||-||-||-||-||||
|TPS U16||U16 SM-sarja||1||0||0||0||0|||||Playoffs||2||0||0||0||2|
|2017-2018||TPS U16||U16 SM-sarja Q||23||8||25||33||20||||
|TPS U16||U16 SM-sarja||16||8||8||16||8|||||Playoffs||4||0||0||0||6|
|TPS U18||U18 SM-sarja||2||0||0||0||0||||
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||11||0||2||2||10||||
|2018-2019||TPS U18||U18 SM-sarja||41||7||13||20||34|||||Playoffs||3||0||2||2||0|
|TPS U20||U20 SM-sarja||4||0||1||1||0||||
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||24||0||5||5||10||||
|2019-2020||TPS U20||U20 SM-sarja||15||1||5||6||14|||||Playoffs||2||2||0||2||0|
|Finland U18||Hlinka Gretzky Cup||3||0||0||0||0||||
|Finland U18 (all)||International-Jr||13||0||3||3||6||||