FC Rank 36
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Aleksi
Heimosalmi

Heimosalmi is an easy player to notice because of his gorgeous skating. He is a very agile skater who shows good edgework and the ability to change directions quickly. He moves through space quickly and effortlessly. His crossovers and pivots are also excellent, allowing him to easily respond to sudden changes in the play. While…

Date of Birth
May 8, 2003
Position
Defense
Height
5'11"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Pori, FIN  
Shoots
Right
Weight
154 lbs
Draft Result
2/44 (CAR)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Oct 2/21 Heimosalmi Aleksi 22535 – Assat vs. Jukurit LIIGA by Rasmus Tornqvist View Report
Apr 30/21 Heimosalmi Aleksi 22024 – Finland vs. Russia WJC-18 by Joseph Aleong View Report
Apr 25/21 Heimosalmi Aleksi 21997 – Tappara U20 vs. Assat U20 JR A SM-liiga by Derek Neumeier View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Ässät U20 U20 SM-sarja 35 4 17 21 7 22
July 26, 2021
Scout Survey: Post 2021 NHL Draft
July 25, 2021
BELL CURVE: Grades for each team at the 2021 Draft
July 24, 2021
2021 NHL Draft Tracker
July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 23, 2021
10 storylines to watch at the 2021 NHL Draft
July 23, 2021
2021 NHL Draft – FCHockey’s Draft Directory
July 22, 2021
FCHockey’s FULL Seven-Round Staff Mock
July 21, 2021
Holmes 10 Takes: Pre-Draft Thoughts
July 13, 2021
FCHockey’s Final rankings: 5 biggest risers of the season
July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
May 13, 2021
Bell’s 10 Takes: World Under-18 Championship
May 11, 2021
10 risers from the 2021 Under-18s
May 10, 2021
SCOUT SURVEY: Post-2021 World Under-18s Roundtable
May 6, 2021
2021 IIHF World Under-18s tournament awards
April 30, 2021
World U18s: 3 stars from Day 5
April 23, 2021
FC releases Spring ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
April 18, 2021
Tuomaala, Lambert headline Finland’s U18 roster

Heimosalmi is an easy player to notice because of his gorgeous skating. He is a very agile skater who shows good edgework and the ability to change directions quickly. He moves through space quickly and effortlessly. His crossovers and pivots are also excellent, allowing him to easily respond to sudden changes in the play. While his stride is somewhat rigid and upright, limiting how much power he generates in his stride, he has excellent escapability in his own zone and is adept at sensing forechecking pressure and moving the puck to open space with a quick turn or outlet pass. He possesses above-average puckhandling skill for a defender, showing some bursts of effectiveness carrying the puck in transition, but he’s still somewhat passive when jumping into the offense. Heimosalmi shows a great understanding of when to pinch in the offensive zone and when to defer to defense, so there might be more offensive production as he moves up the ladder. Heimosalmi already shows signs of being a quality one-on-one defender on the rush, timing when to close the gap well and showing a pesky, active stick to break up moves to the inside. He is an effective rush defender because of how well he can move laterally while skating backwards. He is not overly aggressive or physical in his own zone but will stand his ground and use his stick in physical battles when needed. He is confident, poised and elusive enough to regularly exit the defensive zone with possession and carry it by himself to the offensive zone. He has nice offensive inclinations, noticing correct times to pinch higher into the offensive zone or move into dangerous space to receive a pass. His shot is on the weaker side, and he’s not very creative as a playmaker, which limits his ability to produce points. His overall defensive game is fine, albeit unspectacular. He’s not strong in 50-50 battles and could show a little more intensity to win pucks back. He can get caught puck-watching a little bit. He’s definitely a better rush defender than a cycle defender. There are some holes in his game but there are some tremendous traits in his game that should be extremely transferrable to the higher levels. He could also stand to improve his explosiveness, making his a well-rounded, dynamic skater.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide