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Fantasy Summary

Defensive forward with good mobility for his size. Will need to significantly improve his offensive game if he is to develop into anything more than a bottom-six shutdown center.


Observations

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June 2022 – The Kings second round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft spent the year developing with JYP of Liiga and put up nine points across 48 games. As is evident, offence is not the primary attraction for Helenius. He has a hulking 6-6 frame that allows him to punish opponents while using his wingspan to make it difficult for the opposition to transition or create offence when he is on the attack. He has never had a strong stretch of offence despite boasting a heavy shot and long reach around the net. He has a safe projection to become a checking line centre at the NHL level. Fantasy owners should stay away from the centre unless he can show an ability to produce offence consistently. Sean Crocker

 

July 2021 – Helenius was selected in the second round, 59th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

 

April 2021 – Helenius has had a solid rookie season with JYP of Liiga, scoring seven goals and seven assists in 54 games while playing just under 15 minutes per game. He has played extensively on the penalty kill with his club team and also featured in that role for Finland at the World Juniors where he tallied two goals and two assists on the way to a bronze medal finish.

Helenius isn’t going to win any scoring titles but