Roni Hirvonen

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of Liiga.fi

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.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
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

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Finland Selects U13 WSI U13 9 2 1 3 4 |          
  Blues Selects QC Int PW 2 2 0 2 2 |          
 2015-2016 Finland Selects U14 WSI U14 9 3 5 8 4 |          
 2016-2017 Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 22 21 17 38 20 |          
  Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 18 7 13 20 35 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2017-2018 Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 1 1 2
  Blues U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 39 11 27 38 22 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Kiekko-Espoo U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 2 0 3 3 2 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 3 8 11 4 |          
 2018-2019 Kiekko-Espoo U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 50 21 34 55 34 | Playoffs 11 3 12 15 16 
  Finland U17 WHC-17 6 2 0 2 4 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 13 4 3 7 16 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 3 0 0 0 12 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 13 3 1 4 14 |          
 2019-2020 Ässät Liiga 48 4 10 14 12 |          
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 3 4 1 5 4 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 9 6 6 12 10 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 3 1 2 3 14 |          

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