Kim Nousiainen

Los Angeles Kings
Photo courtesy of KalPa.fi

Fantasy Summary

Undersized point-producing defenseman who needs improvements in his defensive game.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 14, 2000
Height 5‘9”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 4; Overall: 119

Observations

June 2019 – Nousiainen has been drafted 119th overall by the Kings.  Jokke Nevalainen

March 2019 – Nousiainen spent the first half of his draft season in Jr. A SM-liiga which is the top junior league in Finland. He produced eight goals and 28 points in 32 games. Even though he’s very good on the power play, only seven of those points were scored while on the man advantage which means his even strength production was excellent. Nousiainen was one of the best defensemen in the league, and he was still just 17 years old when he played most of those games. In December and January, he moved up to play pro games in Mestis and Liiga. He produced five points in eight games in Mestis. He also earned some fans at the Spengler Cup where KalPa won the tournament and Nousiainen was named to the All-Star Team. He’s now back in junior for the playoffs.

Nousiainen is an undersized offensive defenseman who loves to join the rush and take risks in the offensive zone. He doesn’t have blazing speed but he’s a very talented skater. His agility and acceleration are great. He doesn’t have a big bomb from the blue line but he can get his shots to the net pretty well. He’s an excellent playmaker who gives crisp passes and creates a lot of scoring chances. He’s a very creative player with great vision on the ice. His defensive game needs work, and sometimes his commitment to the defensive side of things has been lacking. But he has shown improvements in that area throughout the season which is a very positive sign. Nousiainen is likely going to get drafted in the middle rounds of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. In points-only dynasty leagues, he could be a worthwhile gamble. Just don’t expect him to provide much of anything in peripheral stats.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Finland Selects U13 QC Int PW 2 0 0 0 4 |          
 2014-2015 KalPa U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 10 2 7 9 6 |          
  KalPa U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 32 1 8 9 8 |          
 2015-2016 KalPa U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 6 3 5 8 2 |          
  KalPa U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 25 8 18 26 20 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
 2016-2017 KalPa U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 28 2 14 16 12 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3
  KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 14 1 5 6 4 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 7 0 0 0 2 |          
 2017-2018 KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 42 3 26 29 48 | Playoffs 12 1 3 4 31 
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 1 1 2 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 1 0 1 4 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 21 3 1 4 6 |          
 2018-2019 KalPa Spengler Cup 3 1 0 1 2 |          
  KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 32 8 20 28 36 | Playoffs 7 0 7 7 27 
  KalPa Liiga 6 0 0 0 4 |          
  IPK Mestis 8 0 5 5 4 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 9 1 2 3 0 |          
 2019-2020 KalPa Liiga - - - - - |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 7 0 0 0 8 |          

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