Justus Annunen

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of MileHighSticking

Fantasy Summary

Big netminder still establishing whether he has starter potential


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country FIN
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 11, 2000
Height 6‘4”
Weight 216 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 3; Overall: 64

Observations

January 2020 – If it weren’t for a rout by Canada in the semifinal, Annunen may have been the top goaltender of the 2020 WJC. He carried a team that was missing significant firepower to injuries late into the tournament, with a notable 1-0 shutout win against Team USA. Even with the poor showing against Canada, he finished the tournament with a 0.921 sv%. His fantasy stock is rising, but remember that goalies are extremely long-term investments. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2019 – It wasn’t just a streaky start for Annunen. Now through 13 games, he still rocks a 0.947 sv% as a Liiga rookie. He still splits his team’s starts, so he doesn’t have the “workhorse” factor in play yet, but a 19-year-old having the highest save percentage in the league is a promising sign to say the least. He is the front-runner to own the Team Finland crease in the upcoming WJC. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2019 – It’s been a blazing hot start for Annunen in his rookie Liiga season. He’s currently splitting the team’s starts evenly in a tandem role, but he’s making the most of it thanks to 4(!) shutouts and a 0.960 save percentage through seven starts so far. Playing behind a strong team that added Jesse Puljujarvi helps his case, but these are impressive numbers for a 19-year-old nonetheless. He’s staying in Findland for a while, but he is a legitimate goaltending prospect to watch for. Hayden Soboleski

September 2019 – Annunen will be staying in Finland until 2022. His new contract extension with Karpat will hopefully see him become a regular starter in the top-tier league, where he has started the 2019-20 season. Hayden Soboleski

February 2019 – Annunen has spent 2018-19 in the second-tier Finnish league as a 1B netminder, with mixed results. His 17 appearances isn’t too shabby for an 18-year-old, but his 0.894 SV% just isn’t good, and that’s on a good team tied for 1st in league points. He still has lots of time to work on his game, but clearly we need to exercise patience. Hayden Soboleski

June 2018 – The Avalanche have selected Annunen with their second pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. This is a bit higher than most expected, as he was ranked in the 100 range by most draft speculators.

Annunen is a huge body and still growing, so size is not a worry for the Finn and he will always have this as an advantage. His numbers in the Finnish Juniors don’t jump off the page, but he hopes to get some major-league experience next season to continue his development. Expect him to remain in Europe for a few years – do not fantasy draft until he’s proven himself further. Hayden Soboleski


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2014-2015 Kiekko-Laser U18 Jr. B Mestis 2 2.00 .909 |        
 2015-2016 Kiekko-Laser U18 Jr. B Mestis Q 4 - - |        
  Kiekko-Laser U18 Jr. B Mestis 7 - .938 |        
  Kiekko-Laser U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 10 - .925 |        
  Finland U16 YOG 3 3.38 .800 |        
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 5 - .844 |        
 2016-2017 Kärpät U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 30 - .926 | Playoffs 5 - .922
  Finland U17 WHC-17 3 3.05 .904 |        
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 12 - .904 |        
 2017-2018 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 3 3.10 .871 |        
  Kärpät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 26 2.31 .907 | Playoffs 12 1.83 .935
  Kärpät Liiga 1 4.00 .892 |        
  Finland U18 WJC-18 6 2.00 .914 |        
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 16 - .889 |        
 2018-2019 Kärpät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga - - - | Playoffs 6 1.50 .930
  Kärpät Liiga 1 4.00 .818 | Playoffs 0
  Hermes Mestis 22 2.77 .891 |        
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 4 - .914 |        
 2019-2020 Kärpät Liiga 21 1.60 .934 |        
  Kärpät Champions HL 2 1.50 .935 |        
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 2.57 .921 |        
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 14 - .915 |        

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