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Fantasy Summary

Reliable two-way player, projects as third line center in the NHL


Observations

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March 2020 – After being traded to the Florida organization, from Carolina, in February, Luostarinen joined the AHL Springfield Thunderbirds where he went pointless in 5 appearances. Despite this asterisk, Luostarinen played well for the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers and showed a nice transition to North American rinks. Fantasy owners will need to sit on him for a while as Luostarinen will likely return to the AHL for the 2020-21 (and maybe even the 2021-22) season. Keith Fries

February 2020 – Luostarinen has been traded from Carolina to Florida.  Jokke Nevalainen

January 2019 – Luostarinen has had a breakout season in his second full season as a Liiga regular. Offensively, he has surpassed career highs in every major stat category with nine goals and 14 assists. His 23 points lead KalPa in scoring. He was snubbed from Finland’s gold medal wining world junior team as a late cut, but has had a great developmental season. He’s still a ways out from cracking an NHL roster, but the progression is evident. Kevin LeBlanc

January 2018 – Eetu Luostarinen is a well-rounded two-way center playing a big role at the top level in Finland for Kuopio KalPa team. Luostarinen is centering the top line and getting power play time on the second unit. His skating is very good once he gets going but still needs to improve his first few steps for the smaller North American ice. Luostarinen has good puck-handling skills and he’s very good at skating the puck up the ice. Luostarinen needs to add more muscle to his 6-3 frame and continue working on defensive zone positioning and faceoffs. Luostarinen isn’t a dynamic offensive player which limits his upside but he could develop into a reliable third line NHL center although he’s a few years away from that. Luostarinen was a late cut from the 2018 World Junior Championship team which was a big surprise to most people following Finnish junior hockey.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country FIN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 2, 1998
Height 6‘3”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 2; Overall: 42

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 KalPa U16U16 SM-sarja Q10 1 78 4|        
  KalPa U16U16 SM-sarja34 4 711 26|        
 2014-2015 KalPa U17U17 SM-sarja26 9 1928 32|        
  KalPa U18U18 SM-sarja18 7 411 4|        
 2015-2016 KalPa U18U18 SM-sarja46 11 2334 58|Playoffs2 2 02 12 
 2016-2017 KalPa U20U20 SM-sarja23 11 819 49|        
  KalPaLiiga32 3 47 14|Playoffs17 1 23 14 
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr7 1 45 2|        
 2017-2018 KalPaChampions HL6 2 13 2|        
  KalPa U20U20 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs3 1 23 25 
  KalPaLiiga55 6 1420 58|Playoffs6 1 23
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr12 0 22 6|        
 2018-2019 KalPaLiiga54 15 2136 79|        
  KalPaSpengler Cup4 1 01 0|        
  Finland EHT7 0 00 0|        
  FinlandWC4 0 00 2|        
  Finland (all)International16 1 12 4|        
 2019-2020 Carolina HurricanesNHL8 0 11 0|        
  Charlotte CheckersAHL44 8 1725 24|        
  Springfield ThunderbirdsAHL5 0 00 0|        
 2020-2021 KalPaLiiga- - -- -|        

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