Toni Utunen

Vancouver Canucks
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Fantasy Summary

A complementary defender who brings intelligent and efficient plays to the ice. Can flash offence at times.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 27, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 175 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 5; Overall: 130

Observations

August 2019 – Utunen concluded his first full season in the Liiga by recording one goal and three points in 43 contests. He was deployed as the sixth or seventh defender with Tappara averaging just over 12 minutes a night for much of the campaign. His role should elevate in 2019-20 and he’ll look to push into a secure top-four position. Utunen has been looking strong at the World Junior Summer Showcase of yet – flashing some offense amongst his steadfast defensive play. As a returning player on the defending championship squad, he’ll be looked at to lead and be a calming presence on the blueline. It is plausible that we see the 19-year-old cross over to the AHL for 2020-21. Cam Robinson

 

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January 2019 – The Canucks most recent fifth-round selection appears to be a winner. The two-way defender captained his Finnish squad to a gold medal at the U18 World Championships last spring. He made the U20 World Junior team as a depth player last month before working his way up to the first pairing for the medal rounds. Utunen delivered the dagger that sent Canada home in the quarter-finals when he sniped one short side in overtime. That win propelled the Finns towards another gold medal. In 23 Liiga contests, Utunen has seen bottom pairing deployment is mostly defensive situations. He’s held his own at that level albeit without any offensive production. With his Liiga contract running two more seasons, he’s considered a long term prospect for the Canucks, but if he can continue on this trajectory, he may just have a future in the big leagues. Utunen will represent one of a handful of returning players for the Finns for the 2020 rendition of the WJC where they’ll look to defend their title. Cam Robinson

 

June 2018 – The Vancouver Canucks selected Utunen in the fifth round of the 2018 draft. Utunen projects as a safe, defensively responsible blueliner with good leadership qualities. He led the Finns to gold at the U18 World Championships. Cam Robinson


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 7 1 4 5 10 |          
  Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 30 7 17 24 16 |          
  Finland Selects U15 WSI U15 7 3 2 5 8 |          
 2015-2016 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 40 4 10 14 62 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 12 
  Finland U16 YOG 6 3 3 6 3 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 8 3 6 9 4 |          
 2016-2017 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 39 1 10 11 10 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Tappara Liiga 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 0 0 4 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 3 1 0 1 0 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 1 1 2 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 20 1 1 2 10 |          
 2017-2018 Tappara Champions HL 2 0 2 2 2 |          
  LeKi Suomen Cup 3 0 5 5 2 |          
  Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 2 3 2 |          
  Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 6 0 2 2
  Tappara Liiga 11 0 0 0 0 |          
  LeKi Mestis 28 2 10 12 12 | Playoffs 5 0 1 1
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 1 2 3 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 25 5 8 13 14 |          
 2018-2019 Tappara Champions HL 8 0 1 1 4 |          
  Tappara Liiga 43 1 2 3 6 | Playoffs 11 0 0 0
  LeKi Mestis 1 0 0 0 2 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 1 0 1 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 18 1 2 3 4 |          
 2019-2020 Tappara Liiga - - - - - |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 7 2 2 4 2 |          
  Tappara Champions HL 4 0 1 1 0 |          

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