Arponen Scouting Finland – Tuulola, Koppanen, Repo, Reunanen, Vehvilainen

Eetu Tuulola – Scouting report

Bio:
Team: HPK U20, Finland                                Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: RW

Season stats: 29 GP, 9 G, 5 A, 14 Pts, 22 PIMs
Shoots: R
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 227 lbs.

Characteristics:

Skating:
Tuulola can get up to a high speed, although his acceleration is not the fastest. He has good balance, but his first strides could be sharper. Grade: 55

Shooting:
Tuulola’s shot is fast and heavy, although he needs some space to shoot it. He can shoot both snap and slap shots at a good level. Although he isn’t the best at shooting at tight spots, he can score goals in front of the net. Grade: 55

Puck skills:
Tuulola’s hands are pretty much average. He doesn’t deke or do fancy tricks with the puck, but he can control the puck at good enough level. His puck skills are definitely enough for a power forward type of player. Grade: 50

Smarts:
Tuulola has good offensive instincts and he also has nose for the net. He can not really be called a playmaker, but he occasionally gives some slick passes as well. Although he never gives up or cheat on the defence, he could get better at reading plays in the own end. Grade: 45

Physicality:
For a sizable power forward like him, physicality is his bread and butter. He hits hard, doesn’t shy away from board battles and can make his presence known in front of the net. He knows how to take advantage of his size. Grade: 65

General assessment:
Tuulola has all the tools to become a successful middle-six power winger in the NHL. His physicality is already at a good level and he has also shown glimpses of what he can do offensively. His skating needs to become more explosive and his overall game also needs some consistency.

Overall Future Projection: 53.25

 

Joona Koppanen – Scouting report

Bio:
Team: Ilves U20, Finland                                Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: C

Season stats: 40 GP, 9 G, 17 A, 26 Pts, 14 PIMs
Shoots: L
Height/Weight: 6’5”, 194 lbs.

Characteristics:

Skating:
Koppanen is a good skater for a player his size. He can keep up with the tempo of the game. He has good balance and decent first strides. Grade: 50

Shooting:
Koppanen isn’t known for his goal-scoring but he can shoot the puck when he gets a chance. His wrist shot is pretty much average. He very rarely uses his slap shot. Grade: 45

Puck skills:
Koppanen can handle the puck quite well both in tight spaces and at high speeds. He does not stand out with his puck skills but he rarely loses the puck either when he is carrying it. Koppanen is also very good at face-offs. Grade: 50

Smarts:
Koppanen has very high hockey IQ especially when it comes to defending. He seems to always be in the right positions and can cut passing lanes effectively with his long reach. His defensive awareness is well above average. Grade: 60

Physicality:
Although tall, Koppanen still needs to bulk up a lot to take full advantage of his size. He isn’t a physical player but can he hold his own in board battles. Grade: 45

General assessment:
Koppanen will probably never be an offensive dynamo, but his tremendous defensive awareness, penalty killing and hockey sense could make him a valuable asset for any team that drafts him.

Overall Future Projection: 51

 

Sebastian Repo – Scouting report

Bio:
Team: Pelicans, Finland                                Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: C/RW

Season stats: 50 GP, 15 G, 13 A, 28 Pts, 14 PIMs
Shoots: R
Height/Weight: 6’2”, 190 lbs.

Characteristics:

Skating:
Repo is an average skater. His speed doesn’t stand out but he isn’t slow either. He has pretty good first strides and has decent agility. Grade: 50

Shooting:
Shooting is Repo’s primary asset. He has an accurate and hard wrist short that he can fire from impressively tight spots. He can also shoot hard slap shots. Grade: 60

Puck skills:
Repo’s puck skills are decent. He knows a deke or two and can handle the puck well in high speeds. Grade: 50

Smarts:
Repo plays a solid two-way game and can be trusted in his own end, too. He is also sound positionally in all three zones of the ice and can find his team mates with his passes. Grade: 50

Physicality:
Even though Repo has good size, he isn’t really a physical player. He doesn’t shy away from battles but he rather tries to defend with his positioning and long reach. He isn’t in any way a soft player, but could use his body much more effectively. Grade: 45

General assessment:
Repo has been passed over in the NHL draft twice already, but his 15 goals in Finnish Liiga this season can garner some interest this summer. He is a reliable all-round player who can provide good secondary-scoring from the middle lines.

Overall Future Projection: 52.0

 

Tarmo Reunanen – Scouting report

Bio:
Team: TPS U20, Finland                                Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: D

Season stats: 11 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 Pts, 14 PIMs
Shoots: L
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 163 lbs.

Characteristics:

Skating:
Reunanen is a good skater that can bring the puck up nicely with his skating. He isn’t one of the fastest skaters out there, but he is definitely above-average. Grade: 55

Shooting:
Reunanen can shoot the puck with good accuracy and decent speed. He is also good at delivering the puck to the net through the traffic. Grade: 50

Puck skills:
Reunanen has a pair of very soft hands. He can control the puck incredibly well and very rarely does he loses it even in tight spaces. Grade: 55

Smarts:
Reunanen is a very smart player that sees the ice extremely well and can give impressive no-look passes. He is also very sound positionally and can intercept passes with his good game-reading skills. Grade: 60

Physicality:
Even though Reunanen has quite a small frame, he rarely loses battles in the own end. He still obviously needs to bulk up a lot. Grade: 40

General assessment:
When it comes to vision and hockey IQ, Reunanen is one of the top D-men in his draft class. He missed a big chunk this season due to an injury, which made his draft stock drop quite a bit and also was a set-back on his physical development. He should still be an intriguing target for teams in later rounds.

Overall Future Projection: 53.5

 

Veini Vehviläinen – Scouting report

Bio:
Team: JYP, Finland                                Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: G

Season stats: 28 GP, 15 W, 7 L, 4 OTL, 2.04 GAA, .925 SV%

Catches: L
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 183 lbs.

Characteristics:

Athleticism:
Vehviläinen has good reflexes and good lateral movement. He can get up and down from the ice relatively quickly. Grade: 55

Quickness/Speed:
Vehviläinen’s speed is good and he can move quickly from post to post. He is also quite good on skates. Grade: 55

Vision/Play Reading:
This is Vehviläinen’s biggest area of improvement. He misreads the play occasionally and has to use his athleticism to make up for those mistakes. Grade: 45

Compete/Temperament:
Most of the time Vehviläinen seems to be very calm and does not seem to get affected by bad goals. There has been occasions though when he clearly has lost his confidence completely – one of those in the World Juniors last winter. Grade: 45

Technique/Style:
Vehviläinen plays a modern butterfly type game. While not very big, he covers the net quite well with his good technique and movements. Grade: 55

Rebound Control:
Vehviläinen catches shots very well and thus gives relatively few rebounds. When he does give one, he can pretty well direct them to the corners. He is also good in poke checks when clearing loose pucks from the crease. Grade: 55

 Puck Handling:
Vehviläinen’s puck handling is quite average. He can give the easy pass but doesn’t try to be overly creative. Grade: 50

General assessment:
Vehviläinen has the potential to be an NHL goalie. Star level might be a bit far-fetched, but his allround abilities make him at least a decent prospect.

Overall Future Projection: 51.75

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