Tuukka Tieksola

2019 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of Leijonat.fi

Fantasy Summary

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


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 22, 2001
Height 5‘10”
Weight 157 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Kiekko-Laser U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 2 1 1 2 2 |          
  Kiekko-Laser U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 3 2 1 3 0 |          
 2016-2017 Kärpät U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 20 13 19 32 10 |          
  Kärpät U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 16 17 18 35 10 | Playoffs 5 4 6 10
  Kärpät U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2017-2018 Kärpät U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 47 20 23 43 24 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 3 0 1 1 4 |          
 2018-2019 Kärpät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 51 15 45 60 26 | Playoffs 11 3 4 7
  Kärpät Liiga 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 5 1 3 4 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 20 3 16 19 0 |          
 2019-2020 Kärpät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga - - - - - |          
  Kärpät Liiga - - - - - |          

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