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Fantasy Summary

Undersized playmaking winger with high-end vision, skating and passing skills. Needs to bulk up but has high offensive upside.


Observations

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March 2022 – Tieksola is playing for Kärpät in the Liiga with fellow Hurricanes prospects Ville Koivunen and Kirill Slepets. His four goals and three assists for seven points in 28 games aren’t terribly exciting, and represent a step down from his nine goals and assists each, for 18 points in 37 games last  year. Tieksola turns 21 years old in June and is playing against men in the Liiga, so it isn’t worth writing him off at this point, but chances are he is unrostered in all but the deepest prospect leagues. Alex Wyatt

May 2021 – Tieksola had a really good Liiga season, scoring nine goals and nine assists in 37 games. Despite not registering a point in his last 10 appearances Tieksola should have a ton of confidence heading into next season as he prepares for an even bigger role with Karpat. Austin Broad 

 

March 2021 – Tieksola has been really good for Karpat this season, he’s produced 17-points in 30 games (eight goals and nine assists). Over the last two weeks, he’s been one of their most consistent players, picking up three goals and three assists in his last five games played. Austin Broad  

 

February 2020 – Tieksola was a classic Carolina pick, as he has plenty of offensive upside if he can improve his strength. He has 55 points in 40 games for Karpat’s U20 team and no points in five games for the Karpat team. It is most likely that he will stay in Finland next year before making his way to North America. He is a dynamic offensive player. Jack LeGwin

 

June 2019 – Tieksola has been drafted 121st overall by the Hurricanes. Pat Quinn

 

February 2019 – Tieksola is an underrated prospect because he plays in the Kärpät system which means opportunities to play at the pro level are hard to come by. But Tieksola has been arguably the best or second-best player on the Kärpät U20 team as an undersized 17-year-old, and he’s been one of the best U18 players in the entire Jr. A SM-liiga – and this is his first year at that level. At 5-foot-10, Tieksola is slightly undersized but what makes things worse for him is that he’s very slim. He needs to add a lot of muscle to his frame before playing in the NHL. But he owns great offensive tools which give him high upside. He’s a great skater who combines high speed with amazing agility. He’s also very talented with the puck on his stick, and he can make plays at top speed. He has amazing vision and passing skills which allow him to make passes that seem impossible to most players. His shot isn’t great but that will likely improve once he gains some weight. He competes well but obviously his lack of strength creates issues in some puck-battles. Tieksola needs multiple years of development before playing in the NHL but if you want offensive upside after the first couple of rounds of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, he’s one to keep an eye on.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.2
NHL Certainty 5.3
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 22, 2001
Height 5‘10”
Weight 157 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 4; Overall: 121

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Kiekko-Laser U16U16 SM-sarja Q2 1 12 2|        
  Kiekko-Laser U16U16 SM-sarja3 2 13 0|        
 2016-2017 Kärpät U16U16 SM-sarja Q20 13 1932 10|        
  Kärpät U16U16 SM-sarja16 17 1835 10|Playoffs5 4 610
  Kärpät U18U18 SM-sarja1 0 00 0|        
 2017-2018 Kärpät U18U18 SM-sarja47 20 2343 24|Playoffs5 1 12
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr3 0 11 4|