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Fantasy Summary

An undersized forward with middle-six upside. Primarily a playmaker but can also finish. Good offensive skills. A natural center but has been used at wing at the men’s level. Great effort and good two-way game.


Observations

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December 2019 – Hirvonen’s six points in 25 games may not look all that promising but it’s important to remember it’s his first season playing in a professional league against men. Hirvonen has been playing well and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he starts putting up more points than he has until now. He has been getting good usage, averaging 14:30 of ice time per game with 1:54 of that coming on the power play. Hirvonen is a natural center but has been used at wing in the Liiga this season. Because of his small frame, he may end up being a winger at the NHL level as well. Hirvonen is part of Finland’s preliminary roster for the World Juniors, and all indicators are pointing towards him being part of the final roster. He will also be a top player for Finland at the U18 Worlds in the spring; he played a depth role at the U18 Worlds last spring and was a top player at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Hirvonen is primarily a playmaker but he also has a decent shot and a good nose for the net. His skating is good but there’s room for improvement. He doesn’t necessarily have high-end skill in any area but his effort level is great and he plays a reliable two-way game. He battles for pucks in the corners and goes to the dirty areas of the ice. He put up a lot of points in the junior league a year ago but I wouldn’t read too much into that. He is on the older side for this draft class and very mature for his age. Hirvonen is currently projected to be drafted in the second round of the 2020 NHL Draft but he could potentially sneak into the first round if he has a strong second half.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country FIN
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 10, 2002
Height 5‘9”
Weight 163 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Finland Selects U13WSI U139 2 13 4|        
  Blues SelectsQC Int PW2 2 02 2|        
 2015-2016 Finland Selects U14WSI U149 3 58 4|        
 2016-2017 Blues U16U16 SM-sarja Q22 21 1738 20|        
  Blues U16U16 SM-sarja18 7 1320 35|Playoffs3 0 00
 2017-2018 Blues U16U16 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs2 1 12
  Kiekko-Espoo U18U18 SM-sarja39 11 2738 22|Playoffs2 0 00
  Kiekko-Espoo U20U20 SM-sarja2 0 33 2|        
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr11 3 811 4|        
 2018-2019 Kiekko-Espoo U20U20 SM-sarja50 21 3455 34|Playoffs11 3 1215 16 
  Finland U17WHC-176 2 02 4|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr13 4 37 16|        
  Finland U18WJC-183 0 00 12|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr13 3 14 14|        
 2019-2020 ÄssätLiiga52 5 1116 14|        
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup3 4 15 4|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr9 6 612 10|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr3 1 23 14|        
 2020-2021 ÄssätLiiga- - -- -|        

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