Iivari Räsänen

2019 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of Yle.fi

Fantasy Summary

Average-sized two-way defenseman who projects to become a bottom-pair guy. Has good leadership qualities, and is mature beyond his years.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 23, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

February 2019 – Räsänen has spent his second year in a row in Jr. A SM-liiga which is the top junior level in Finland. He has played big minutes for Tappara U20 team, and has been regularly used on both special teams. He’s posted great offensive numbers but they may be a bit misleading considering his skill level. He’s very mature for his age both mentally and physically. Räsänen has also represented Finland at the U18 level in multiple tournaments where he’s usually been the team captain. But he’s been used in a shutdown role on Team Finland, and that role might suit his talents better at the pro level. Räsänen may follow the footsteps of his older brother Aapeli and go to NCAA before testing his talents against NHL competition. He’s a few years away but could end up being a nice two-way defenseman on the bottom-pair for some NHL team.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 9 1 6 7 2 |          
  Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 29 9 7 16 28 |          
 2015-2016 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 41 4 5 9 16 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
 2016-2017 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 42 7 17 24 42 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 8 1 1 2 6 |          
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 11 0 1 1 0 |          
 2017-2018 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 4 0 4 4
  Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 50 4 14 18 32 | Playoffs 9 0 1 1
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 13 0 1 1 2 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 4 0 0 0 4 |          
 2018-2019 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 2 0 4 4 2 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 16 
  Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 49 6 25 31 58 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Finland U18 WJC-18 5 0 1 1 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 25 0 3 3 0 |          
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 0 0 0 |          

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