Matti Raivio

Fantasy Summary

A raw winger with playmaking abilities, could become a middle-6 NHL player if all goes well.


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February 2021 – Pajuniemi has continued to leverage his blistering wrist shot through his fourth Liiga slate. His ability to get that shot off under pressure and with pinpoint accuracy from anywhere in the offensive zone provides some exciting potential for the Rangers prospect who has developed into a blue-chip prospect for the organization. His projections vary, however, with the right supporting cast there is absolutely still the possibility that he joins the team as a player capable of contributing on an the teams’ second line within two years. Brayden Olafson

April 2020 – The Rangers Finnish prospect showed evidence of tremendous offensive development in his second full slate in the Liiga. Through 49 games Pajuniemi scored 40 points including 26 goals for TPS, with the majority of his production coming on the man advantage. His knack for finding the back of the net is an asset that the Rangers surely crave, however, the 20-year-old still has some work to do in the way of applying his technical skills to the entire span of the ice. He will likely remain in Finland for another year before signing an ELC, but his long-term upside has certainly taken a jump over the last eight months. Brayden Olafson

August 2019 – Pajuniemi made the jump to the top Finnish league as a 19-year-old this year where he had a respectable rookie campaign playing behind fellow Rangers prospect Kaapo Kakko. With the departure of Kakko to north America, Pajuniemi will have an opportunity to take on a larger role with TPS this year. He remains a mid-level prospect who the Rangers will likely allow to develop overseas until such time that he has proven to be capable of taking the next step. He must be signed by June 1st, 2022 in order to avoid becoming a free agent. Brayden Olafson

June 2018 – The Ranger’s selected five defensemen and a goaltender after Vitali Kravstov before the next available player on their list was a forward. That forward was Finnish right-winger, Lauri Pajuniemi. Pajuniemi is a skilled playmaker with well-tuned skating who’s had some exposure to playing against men in Liiga with TPS. He’s expected to rejoin them next fall where he will make a case for a regular lineup spot on the Finn’s World Junior squad during the holidays. Brayden Olafson

Fantasy Upside 6.8
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth September 12, 1999
Height 6‘0”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 5; Overall: 132


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 TPS U16U16 SM-sarja Q2 1 23 0|        
  TPS U16U16 SM-sarja26 6 1016 2|        
  TPS U16 AkatemiaU16 Suomi-sarja1 1 34 0|        
 2014-2015 TPS U16U16 SM-sarja Q9 10 1222 2|        
  TPS U16U16 SM-sarja21 14 2135 6|Playoffs4 3 14
  TPS U18U18 SM-sarja5 1 12 6|        
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr6 3 58 0|        
 2015-2016 TPS U18U18 SM-sarja45 28 4876 24|Playoffs4 0 22
  TPS U20U20 SM-sarja1 0