FC Rank 83
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Aleksi
Malinen

Malinen is a fantastic, all-directions skater who can utilize his inside and outside edges to quickly pivot in transition and build speed with his crossovers. His ability to play with smoothness and fluidity allows him to control gaps with ease while defending in transition. He shows a quick and active stick to poke pucks away…

Date of Birth
May 26, 2003
Position
Defense
Height
6'0"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Tuusula, FIN  
Shoots
Left
Weight
176 lbs
Draft Result
6/189 (NYI)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Apr 19/21 Malinen Aleksi 21968 – Jukurit vs. JYP LIIGA by Brandon Holmes View Report
Mar 4/21 Malinen Aleksi 21759 – Pelicans vs. JYP LIIGA by Derek Neumeier View Report
Jan 25/21 Malinen Aleksi 21622 – SaiPa vs. JYP LIIGA by Ray Napientek View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 JYP liiga 13 1 0 1 0.08 -6 4
July 30, 2021
ANALYTICS APPROACH: How each team fared at the 2021 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
2021 NHL Draft – FCHockey’s Draft Directory
July 22, 2021
FCHockey’s FULL Seven-Round Staff Mock
July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
April 27, 2021
World U18s: 3 stars from Day 2
April 23, 2021
FC releases Spring ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
April 18, 2021
Tuomaala, Lambert headline Finland’s U18 roster

Malinen is a fantastic, all-directions skater who can utilize his inside and outside edges to quickly pivot in transition and build speed with his crossovers. His ability to play with smoothness and fluidity allows him to control gaps with ease while defending in transition. He shows a quick and active stick to poke pucks away and regain possession for his team. He’s assertive with his decision-making, making calculated risks to pinch up in the neutral and offensive zones to help his team maintain or regain possession. His gap control against the rush looks good. He knows to check over his shoulders to calculate the play around him. He shows a lot of confidence with his exits and entries, including times where he goes end-to-end. He has the ability to draw penalties while driving wide around opponents with his speed. He can work a little magic at the offensive blue line, making moves to create space and shake off defending forwards. His hands are good, albeit not an outstanding trait. He can receive difficult passes and make quick little moves to settle the puck down, and he can also sometimes maneuver the puck through sticks and skates or quickly chip it into space for himself. However, his success rate with these moves could be better. He also doesn’t have the strength to fight through checks with his carries, at least not yet. His decision-making in all zones needs to improve, but all indications show that it will because of how focused and alert he is. Though Malinen shows upside in his tools as a two-way defenseman, he tends to panic under pressure while being chased by opposing forecheckers, tending to throw the puck away rather than staying composed and finding teammates in open passing lanes, which led to defensive zone turnovers on a few occasions. Malinen is capable of sending smooth breakout passes to his forwards to get out of the zone, though there were instances as well of him going off the glass in the same scenarios which surrendered possession of the puck. Overall, Malinen will need to work on his overall poise in his own zone while handling the puck, but the young defenseman shows the ability in his skating and gap control that could lend itself nicely towards being a reliable two-way puck-mover down the road.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide