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Fantasy Summary

A small goal-scoring winger with lethal wrist shot and very good playmaking abilities. A very good skater who gives great effort in his play without the puck. Top-six potential.


Observations

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>> Interview: 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Veeti Miettinen

February 2020 – Miettinen broke the U18 scoring record in Jr. SM-liiga last season, and his 61 points in 48 games were fourth best in the league. This season, Miettinen’s 34 goals and 63 points in 45 games lead the league by a wide margin, and his points-per-game average is also the best in the league. And he’s doing all of that while carrying a weak team that doesn’t have much talent around him. Miettinen is clearly too good for the junior league but he was forced to spend another year there so that he can maintain his NCAA eligibility because he’s going to St. Cloud State University next season. Because he plays in the junior league, he wasn’t really even considered for the World Juniors team, and because he’s one of the oldest players in this draft class, he’s not eligible for the U18 Worlds anymore either, so Miettinen’s exposure at the international level will be very limited.

Miettinen is obviously a very talented offensive player. He has great hands which allow him to dangle in tight spaces very well. He is also a very smart player who can make creative plays for himself and for others as well. Even though he is a good playmaker, he’s more of a goal-scorer at heart. He has an excellent wrist shot which he can release quickly and accurately. He can also change the angle of the shot to make it even more difficult for the goalie. Miettinen is also a very good skater who gets high marks in both speed and quickness. What often gets overlooked is his play without the puck. Miettinen is a puck-hound who is always trying to steal the puck and cause turnovers. Although not a true two-way player, he is a reliable player defensively and more than capable of killing penalties. His strengths are definitely more in an offensive role but he has shown he can do a decent job playing a defensive role as well.

It is difficult to project where Miettinen gets drafted in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft but he definitely has all the tools needed to become an NHL player and his offensive skills give him top-six upside. Because he’s taking the NCAA route, the team that drafts him may have to wait three to four years before he even plays in the AHL. But Miettinen is definitely a player who is worth the wait.  Jokke Nevalainen  

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 2.0
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 20, 2001
Height 5‘9”
Weight 159 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Blues U16U16 SM-sarja Q12 12 1729 0|        
  Blues U16U16 SM-sarja28 27 1340 4|Playoffs5 1 01
  Blues U18 AkatemiaU18 SM-sarja2 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 Blues U16U16 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Kiekko-Espoo U18U18 SM-sarja45 26 2652 4|Playoffs4 2 02
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr11 3 710 0|        
 2017-2018 Kiekko-Espoo U18U18 SM-sarja4 4 37 2|Playoffs2 0 00
  Kiekko-Espoo U20U20 SM-sarja38 11 1324 4|Playoffs4 0 11
  Finland U17WHC-175 3 25 2|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr18 4 48 4|        
 2018-2019 Kiekko-Espoo U20U20 SM-sarja48 27 3461 16|Playoffs11 5 611 12 
  Finland U18WJC-185 1 34 0|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr25 8 1018 10|        
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 2 13 2|        
 2019-2020 Kiekko-Espoo U20U20 SM-sarja52 42 3173 6|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr9 2 24 2|        
 2020-2021 St. Cloud State Univ.NCAA- - -- -|        

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