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Samu
Salminen

Salminen clearly has some offensive talent in the package of skills that he brings to the ice, showing equal ability as both a scorer and playmaker. When given time to shoot he can get good power behind his shot, and when he puts his weight into it he’s capable of picking a corner on a…

Date of Birth
April 9, 2003
Position
Left Wing
Height
6'2"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Helsinki, FIN  
Shoots
Left
Weight
186 lbs
Draft Result
3/68 (NJD)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Apr 17/21 Salminen Samu 21959 – Jokerit U20 vs. Jukurit U20 JR A SM-liiga by Brandon Holmes View Report
Mar 13/21 Salminen Samu 21792 – KalPa U20 vs. Jokerit U20 JR A SM-liiga by Derek Neumeier View Report
Jan 23/21 Salminen Samu 21614 – Jokerit J20 vs. Espoo J20 JR A SM-liiga by Josh Bell View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Jokerit U20 U20 SM-sarja 17 10 16 26
July 26, 2021
Broad Strokes: Top picks from each team at the 2021 Draft
July 25, 2021
BELL CURVE: Grades for each team at the 2021 Draft
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 20, 2021
2021 Draft Targets: Five prospects to consider in Round 4
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
April 30, 2021
World U18s: 3 stars from Day 5
April 25, 2021
World U18s: 10 2021-eligibles to watch
April 23, 2021
FCHockey’s Spring rankings: 5 fallers
April 18, 2021
Tuomaala, Lambert headline Finland’s U18 roster
March 15, 2021
Notebook: Bolduc, Lucius, Morrow & More
February 10, 2021
FCHockey releases Winter Ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
December 4, 2020
FCHockey releases Preliminary ranking for 2021 NHL Draft

Salminen clearly has some offensive talent in the package of skills that he brings to the ice, showing equal ability as both a scorer and playmaker. When given time to shoot he can get good power behind his shot, and when he puts his weight into it he’s capable of picking a corner on a netminder from the circles. He displays some good puck skills for a player his size, as he can protect the puck from checkers with his reach and can use that reach to angle the puck around defenders to find teammates in the offensive zone. However, his passing ability is inconsistent at times, and he picks some very questionable times to try shooting. His skating stride, at the moment, is quite clunky and will need to be an area of improvement moving forward. His ankle flexion causes his feet to be flat and his posture to be too upright while skating, causing issues in his first step acceleration and overall balance on the ice. His edgework is soft, getting him knocked off of his feet far too easily. There are too many occasions when he is a step behind the play in his own zone due to his lack of speed, and in turn, he has to rely on his reach to salvage defensive plays, lunging helplessly at pucks and pulling himself out of position. He seems to lack positional awareness in his own end. Gets pushed around surprisingly easily for such a big player. He has a bad habit of weak backchecks and instances of leaving the zone too early on breakout plays. Plays center at this level, but would need a dramatic amount of progress in multiple areas to be able to stay a center at higher levels. Overall, it’s clear Salminen is still quite raw in his physical maturity, mobility, and defensive awareness, which will be areas for improvement for him to fully maximize his offensive ability as he prepares for higher levels of play.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide