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Fantasy Summary

Excellent shutdown defender with good offensive instincts. Fell in the draft due to size concerns and puck management issues, particularly on offence and during breakouts, but he has shown promising growth in these areas over the last couple years.


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August 2023 – Puutio burst onto poolies’ radar at last year’s WJC, where he scored seven clutch points in seven games to lead the Finns from the back end. There was not much in his past to suggest he would post such a dynamic performance, however: half-a-point per game in his WHL draft year followed by 13 points in 80 Liiga games across two campaigns. The fact that he produced at essentially the same low rate again in 2022-23 suggests that one tournament may have been an outlier. He is an excellent shutdown defenceman who consistently neutralizes rushes and shuts down zone entries. His problem continues to be poor decision-making with possession. He will have to think quicker and play smarter to adapt to the speed at higher levels. Ben Gehrels

September 2022 – Puutio distinguished himself at this year’s World Junior Championships: en route to winning a silver medal with the Finns, he led all defensemen in goals and was named “Best Defenseman” of the tournament. That distinction is particularly impressive given the excellent tournaments had by other defensemen like Olen Zellweger (Canada) and Emil Andrae (Sweden). Puutio will return to the Liiga in 2022-23 to play with KalPa again, where he will look to build on the 10 points in 51 games he managed in 2021-22. Ben Gehrels

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type Europe
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 3, 2002
Height 5‘11”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 5; Overall: 153

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Finland Selects U13WSI U139 2 35 4|        
 2015-2016 Finland Selects U14WSI U149 5 38 0|        
 2016-2017 Kärpät U16U16 SM-sarja Q22 3 1720 6|        
  Kärpät U16U16 SM-sarja16 8 1119 6|Playoffs5 0 44 20 
  Kärpät U18U18 SM-sarja3 0 22 0|        
 2017-2018 Kärpät U16U16 SM-sarja Q4 5 27 0|        
  Kärpät U18U18 SM-sarja41 6 1723 8|Playoffs5 1 12
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr8 0 55 2|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr4 0 00 2|        
 2018-2019 Kärpät U18U18 SM-sarja10 4 812 4|        
  Finland U18 5-Ntn Zuchwil4 0 22 0|        
  Kärpät U20U20 SM-sarja31 1 34 8|        
  Finland U17WHC-176 0 44 2|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr13 1 89 4|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr5 0 22 0|        
 2019-2020 Swift Current BroncosWHL35 1 1516 24|        
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup3 0 33 4|        
  Everett SilvertipsWHL21 4 812 12|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr5 0 44 4|        
 2020-2021 Kärpät U20U20 SM-sarja2 0 00 0|        
  KärpätLiiga29 2 13 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Finland U20WJC-207 0 22 0|        
 2021-2022 Finland U20 (all)WJC-20 Cancelled2 0 00 0|        
  KalPa U20U20 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs10 3 811
  KalPaLiiga51 5 510 20|        
  Finland U20WJC-207 4 37 2|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr10 3 47 4|        
 2022-2023 KalPaLiiga48 3 811 20|Playoffs5 0 00
 2023-2024 PelicansLiiga53 6 915 12|Playoffs12 1 12
  PelicansChampions HL7 3 36 2|        

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