Undersized playmaking center who outsmarts the opposition but also has good vision and puck-skills. Size is a major concern, and his skating isn’t great either.
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October 2020 – Tanus passed through the 2020 NHL Draft without a selection. He will re-enter the draft in 2021. Jokke Nevalainen
January 2020 – Tanus had a strong performance at the 2020 World Juniors, scoring nine points in seven games and leading Finland to fourth place finish. The 19-year-old has had a cold start to his first full Liiga season but he was showing positive signs before the tournament, so this performance could lead to improved results in league play as well. Jokke Nevalainen
June 2019 – Tanus did not get drafted in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He is now eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Jokke Nevalainen
February 2019 – Tanus was passed over in the 2018 NHL Draft but that mistake is unlikely to happen again. He broke the U20 scoring record in Mestis which is the second-highest pro level in Finland, and he’s still just 18 years old. Tanus is the type of player who outsmarts the opposing players because he doesn’t have great physical tools. At five-foot-eight and with average speed, he wouldn’t even get consideration at the NHL draft if he wasn’t so smart. He also has very good vision and playmaking abilities, and those qualities shine brightly on the power play. He is also capable of killing penalties, and he’s been shooting the puck more this season. Recently, he was loaned to Jukurit team in the Liiga, and he’s starting to adjust to the top level now. Tanus is expected to play a major role for Jukurit next season. It’s also very likely he gets to represent Finland at the 2020 World Juniors. Tanus is probably going to be a late round pick this summer, and he needs a few years before testing his talents against NHL competition. Jokke Nevalainen