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Fantasy Summary

Smooth-skating two-way defenseman with good speed and vision. Lack of skill is a bit worrisome.


Observations

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September 2019 – Hatakka was named the top defenseman in the recent U20 Four Nations tournament. Hatakka scored both the opening goal and the game winner in a game against Sweden. Hatakka’s best asset is his skating ability and it was on full display during the tournament. He loves to jump into the rush and it payed off. It is never wise to put too much stock into a single tournament but it is a great sign to see an 18 year old player play this well in any U20 event. Chris Legg

June 2019 – Hatakka has been drafted 184th overall by the Sharks.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2019 – Hatakka was the top defenseman on a relatively weak Jokerit U20 squad this season. He put up pretty mediocre numbers (13 points in 43 games), but I believe there is some upside in his game.

Hatakka skates very well. Particularly his top speed is really nice. He is solid at transitions, although I would like him to join the rush more often. Some of that could be forgiven considering he played big minutes and was used in every situation. Hatakka was sometimes used in front of the net on Jokerit’s power play. His two-way play is nice and his positioning in the defensive zone is at a good level for a player his age. Hatakka needs to become a more reliable with the puck, as he is prone to mishandling it occasionally. His lack of skill might limit his offensive upside, but it is something that can be worked at and improved.  Lassi Alanen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 15, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 6; Overall: 184

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Jokerit U16U16 SM-sarja11 1 01 4|        
 2016-2017 Jokerit U16U16 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs3 0 33
  Jokerit U18U18 SM-sarja35 3 1922 63|Playoffs2 1 12 10 
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr11 0 11 6|        
 2017-2018 Jokerit U20JCWC5 0 11 4|        
  Jokerit U18U18 SM-sarja5 0 00 2|Playoffs2 1 01
  Jokerit U20U20 SM-sarja46 4 1216 28|        
  Finland U17WHC-175 0 11 2|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr16 0 33 18|        
 2018-2019 Jokerit U18U18 SM-sarja3 0 11 0|Playoffs7 1 45
  Jokerit U20U20 SM-sarja43 4 913 30|        
  Finland U18WJC-185 0 00 2|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr20 1 12 24|        
 2019-2020 IlvesLiiga28 1 23 14|        
  KOOVEESuomen Cup1 0 11 0|        
  KOOVEEMestis15 2 57 6|        
  Finland U20WJC-207 0 11 4|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr17 4 15 8|        
 2020-2021 IlvesLiiga- - -- -|        

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