Showing high-end skill and vision, Puistola has a nose for the net and wins a ton of battles to get his stick on pucks in the crease area. Although he could use an extra gear, his skating is overall pretty solid. He is actually pretty quick compared to some of his peers and he gains…
|Aug 1/19||Puistola Patrik||2019 NHL Draft Guide||by FC Staff||View Summary|
Showing high-end skill and vision, Puistola has a nose for the net and wins a ton of battles to get his stick on pucks in the crease area. Although he could use an extra gear, his skating is overall pretty solid. He is actually pretty quick compared to some of his peers and he gains an edge by being a step ahead mentally. He moves the puck well, generally drives the pace of play and shows the self-assurance to try clever and creative plays. He has great hands and his offensive instincts and solid. Another sneaky good aspect of his game is how effective he is as a goal scorer. He has a very dangerous wrist shot off the rush and on the power play. The amount of tips, rebounds and net-front battles he wins is astounding given his size. He’s not your prototypical looking goal scorer, but he’s really effective. He also plays with a lot of confidence on the ice. Playing without the puck is not his strong suit. His biggest weaknesses are on the defensive side of things, but his compete level is good and his high hockey IQ should allow him to turn into a more complete player in the future. He doesn’t jump off the page as an NHL prospect, but there is something to be said about a player who doesn’t just survive but thrives despite seemingly underwhelming tools.