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Fantasy Summary

Big-bodied power forward with a powerful shot and a solid offensive toolkit with good passing abilities. Injuries have slowed down his development, could be a good, versatile NHL player if he continues to develop.


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July 2022 – Matikka was drafted 67th overall by the Arizona Coyotes. Pat Quinn

June 2022 – Matikka, who is moving to NCAA for the 22-23 season, had a solid season for Jokerit’s U20 team despite an injury that caused him to miss the first half of the season. He scored 19 goals and 33 total points in 30 games. His goals came mostly on the powerplay, where he was able to score with his hard one-timer from the left half-wall.

I considered Matikka as a second-third round pick before the season but his injury, unfortunately, affected his game. Standing 6-3 and weighing 187 pounds, he is big, but not a huge player by any means. However, he plays a physical game and can throw hard hits. For his size, he’s not a bad skater but definitely not a great one either – though I believe that is something that his long-term injury affected. I like his offensive abilities as he’s a good passer and has a hard shot. He controls the puck well and can be a dangerous shooter – mostly from one-timers and not so much from straight wrist shots. He can build up the rush up in transition, mostly with his good passing but has no problems taking the puck to the offensive zone either if he has time and space. Even though Matikka has good offensive skills, he isn’t the flashiest player and showed some questionable decisions from time to time. He’s a bit of a risky pick as I think he could become a good second line NHL player or end up as a third line Liiga player. However, going to the NCAA will probably be good for his career. Eetu Siltanen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 26, 2003
Height 6‘3”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 3; Overall: 67

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2018-2019 Jokerit U16U16 SM-sarja Q24 24 1943 22|        
  Jokerit U16U16 SM-sarja18 10 919 6|Playoffs7 5 27
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr1 0 11 0|        
 2019-2020 Jokerit U18U18 SM-sarja46 29 2554 44|        
 2020-2021 Jokerit U18U18 SM-sarja2 3 03 12|        
  Jokerit U20U20 SM-sarja19 7 815 4|        
  Finland U18WJC-187 1 34 4|        
 2021-2022 Jokerit U20U20 SM-sarja30 19 1433 22|Playoffs2 0 00
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr2 0 00 0|