Riku Laukkanen

Fantasy Summary

Small but elusive winger with good puck handling ability. More of a set up man than a shooter, but he is a dual threat from the half wall on the power play.


Observations

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October 2020 – Kivenmäki had a strong showing in his first full Liiga season with Ässät, picking up five goals and 16 assists through 53 games. He is a small, elusive forward who skates very well and has good puck handling ability. Kivenmäki is a very intelligent player who reads the play well at both ends of the ice, and though he is more of a playmaker than a shooter, he has become more aggressive with the puck on his stick as he gains confidence in Finland’s top league. Look for him to be a key contributor for Ässät in 2020-2021 as he prepares for the eventual leap to North American hockey. Nick Richard

 

December 2019 – The Red Wings swung for the fences with their last pick of the 2018 draft, selecting Otto Kivenmaki in round seven. Kivenmaki is a tiny player with loads of offensive skill and speed. At only 5-8 and 137 pounds, Kivenmaki is a long-term project and long-shot to make the NHL, but he has the acceleration, agility, speed, and skills to create offense. It’s his size and defensive game that will hold him back. If he can improve on his positioning and find a way to become an effective 200-foot player, Kivenmäki has the makings of a great sleeper pick.  Mark Hillier

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country FIN
Position LW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 24, 2000
Height 5‘9”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 7; Overall: 191

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Ässät U16U16 SM-sarja22 6 1622 2|        
 2015-2016 Ässät U16U16 SM-sarja Q12 2 1719 4|        
  Ässät U16U16 SM-sarja20 15 2843 10|        
  Ässät U18U18 Mestis Q1 1 12 0|        
  Ässät U18U18 Mestis1 0 22 0|        
  Ässät U18U18 SM-sarja10 5 49 4|        
 2016-2017 Ässät U18U18 SM-sarja14 9 918 6|        
  Ässät U20U20 SM-sarja29 3 69 35|Playoffs7 1 12
  Finland