Fantasy Summary

Big, positionally sound goaltender who reads the play well. Has some technical aspects to clean up but has the tools to become an effective NHL netminder.


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July 2022 – The Buffalo Sabres have selected Leinonen in the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft, 41st overall. Nick Richard

June 2022 – Goaltenders with a 6-4 frame who process the game at a high level are typically a good bet for success at the professional level. This is the case with 18-year-old Finnish goaltender Topias Leinonen.

The goaltender for JYP’s U20 team this past year plays an intriguing game to evaluate as a scout. On one hand, Leinonen shines in many of the aspects that one would look for in a developing goalie. The size is obvious. His positioning and situational adjustments are strong. He anticipates play well and can read shooters’ intentions. His edgework and leg strength allow for quick lateral movements. However, there are some serious holes in his game that will have to