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Niko
Huuhtanen

If nothing else, Huuhtanen is certainly one of the most unique players in this draft. There are some elements to his game that are fantastic, and some that are real concerns. This is a guy who absolutely loves to score goals, and he’ll consistently do whatever he can to make that happen. He’s confident in…

Date of Birth
June 26, 2003
Position
Right Wing
Height
6'1"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Helsinki, FIN  
Shoots
Right
Weight
185 lbs
Draft Result
7/224 (TBL)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
May 21/21 Huuhtanen Niko 22120 – Tappara U20 vs. Lukko U20 JR A SM-liiga by Curtis Schwartzkopf View Report
Apr 22/21 Huuhtanen Niko 21985 – Tappara U20 vs. Assat U20 JR A SM-liiga by Derek Neumeier View Report
Mar 10/21 Huuhtanen Niko 21780 – Ilves U20 vs. Tappara U20 JR A SM-liiga by Derek Neumeier View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Tappara U20 U20 SM-sarja 37 20 14 34
2020-2021 Tappara liiga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
May 24, 2021
Notebook: Doan, Forsell, Huuhtanen & More
April 30, 2021
World U18s: 3 stars from Day 5
April 26, 2021
Notebook: World Under-18s Edition
April 18, 2021
Tuomaala, Lambert headline Finland’s U18 roster
December 4, 2020
FCHockey releases Preliminary ranking for 2021 NHL Draft

If nothing else, Huuhtanen is certainly one of the most unique players in this draft. There are some elements to his game that are fantastic, and some that are real concerns. This is a guy who absolutely loves to score goals, and he’ll consistently do whatever he can to make that happen. He’s confident in himself and his shooting ability, throwing a high volume of pucks on net, and for good reason. His wrist shot is quite hard and accurate, and he can dust the puck off with a move or two to get it away from an enemy stick and get himself into a better shooting position. Sometimes he seems like he’s going to dent the puck with how heavily and intensely he’s handling it. Definitely better in the cycle than off the rush, and he has the ability to find his teammates with passes instead of only looking for the shot, but he can also wind it up for a big rush from time to time. He’s a little awkward with his one-timer mechanics, but when he connects, he really connects. He has a genuine knack for tracking and reading the play, which really helps him get the puck in dangerous areas. Plays with a lot of grit and determination, you can tell that he’s dialed in most of the time. He’s a naturally thick, strong kid, and he’ll play the body to gain an advantage. Wins more than an average share of pucks from board battles and blocks shots without hesitation. However, with Huuhtanen it’s hard to not worry about the downsides. He’s clumsy and awkward on the ice, and not particularly athletic. He’s not a good skater at all, and doesn’t seem like he would be overly nimble or agile off the ice, either. He really struggles with his pivots and direction changes, and can easily get caught trailing the play. Huuhtanen is definitely a flawed player who will need plenty of hands-on development, but there could be a diamond in the rough here if a team can develop up his athleticism and conditioning.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide