Lauri Pajuniemi

New York Rangers
Matti Raivio

Fantasy Summary

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


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
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

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 2 1 2 3 0 |          
  TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 26 6 10 16 2 |          
  TPS U16 Akatemia Jr. C Suomi-sarja 1 1 3 4 0 |          
 2014-2015 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 9 10 12 22 2 |          
  TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 21 14 21 35 6 | Playoffs 4 3 1 4
  TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 5 1 1 2 6 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 6 3 5 8 0 |          
 2015-2016 TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 45 28 48 76 24 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 5 3 4 7 20 | Playoffs 5 2 0 2
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 37 8 17 25 2 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 0 1 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 11 4 3 7 12 |          
 2017-2018 TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 14 3 7 10 18 |          
  TPS Champions HL 6 2 0 2 2 |          
  TPS Liiga 32 2 5 7 4 | Playoffs 9 3 1 4
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 TPS Champions HL 6 1 0 1 4 |          
  TPS Liiga 44 5 8 13 20 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0 14 
  TUTO Hockey Mestis 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 1 3 0 3 0 |          
 2019-2020 TPS Spengler Cup 4 1 1 2 6 |          
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  TPS Liiga 49 26 14 40 10 |          
  Finland EHT 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland (all) International 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2020-2021 TPS Liiga - - - - - |          

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