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Fantasy Summary

A puck-rushing defenseman with great size. A skilled player who knows how to handle the puck at high speed. Not the most dynamic player in the offensive end but capable of producing points. Needs to improve decision-making and defensive zone play.


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>> Interview: 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Joni Jurmo

March 2020 – Jurmo finished a very successful rookie season in Jr. SM-liiga with five goals and 28 points in 43 games. That points total was tenth best in the league among defensemen, and his points-per-game average was the best among under-18 defensemen. Jurmo was one of the biggest surprises in the entire league.

Jurmo’s combination of size (6-4, 190) and skating ability is something that doesn’t come by too often. His playing style draws comparisons to Philip Broberg who played a similar puck-rushing style in his draft season, although he did it at a higher level. Jurmo loves to take the puck from his own end and carry it all the way to the other end. And because of his puck-handling skills and skating ability, he can often be successful at that. But sometimes, he loves carrying the puck way too much and doesn’t even consider other options. He tries to force himself through traffic and if that fails, that usually means a breakaway or an odd-man rush against. He is capable of making good breakout passes, so it’s just a matter of making better decisions with the puck.

Even though Jurmo has good puck-skills, he isn’t the most creative player in the offensive end. He can definitely pinch in and participate in the cycle game but he won’t be an offensive dynamo out there. But his biggest weaknesses are in his own end where he is still very raw and not the type of player you would want on the ice protecting a lead or killing a penalty. His positioning isn’t all that great, and he also lacks urgency in his defensive game. He could also use his big frame more effectively and play a more physical brand of hockey. His hockey sense can also be called into question at times because he makes blind passes to no one in particular every now and then. Jurmo is a long-term project but because of his raw potential, he is projected to be drafted in the second or third round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Long-term, he could become a very good middle-pair defenseman who creates offense by being great in transition and decent in the cycle game.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 19, 2002
Height 6‘4”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Finland Selects U13WSI U139 1 01 0|        
  Blues SelectsQC Int PW2 0 11 4|        
 2016-2017 Hockey Essentials Selects U15WSI U155 0 33 2|        
 2017-2018 Jokerit U16U16 SM-sarja Q21 2 2426 8|        
  Jokerit U16U16 SM-sarja15 4 1115 8|Playoffs4 0 22
  Jokerit U18U18 SM-sarja1 0 00 0|        
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr1 0 11 0|        
 2018-2019 Jokerit U18U18 SM-sarja42 3 2023 22|Playoffs7 1 23
  Jokerit U20U20 SM-sarja5 0 11 2|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr11 0 11 2|        
 2019-2020 Jokerit U18U18 SM-sarja1 0 11 10|        
  Jokerit U20U20 SM-sarja43 5 2328 28|Playoffs1 0 00
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr4 0 00 0|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr4 3 36 4|        
 2020-2021 JYP U20U20 SM-sarja- - -- -|        
  JYPLiiga- - -- -|        

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