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Samuel
Helenius

Helenius is a defense-first forward. The enormous size is an undeniable perk, and his straight-line top gear in open ice is alright. There’s enthusiasm and competitiveness to his game as well. He can be menacing when he comes bearing down on opposing defenders on the forecheck with some momentum behind him. He also gets marks…

Date of Birth
November 26, 2002
Position
Center
Height
6'6"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Järvenpää, FIN  
Shoots
Left
Weight
201 lbs
Draft Result
2/59 (LAK)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Mar 4/21 Helenius Samuel 21758 – Pelicans vs. JYP LIIGA by Derek Neumeier View Report
Jan 5/21 Helenius Samuel 21529 – Team USA vs. Finland WJC-20 by Olivia McArter View Report
Jan 1/21 Helenius Samuel 21508 – Finland vs. Slovakia WJC-20 by Olivia McArter View Report
Dec 18/20 Helenius Samuel 21470 – JYP vs. TPS LIIGA by Josh Bell View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 JYP liiga 27 6 5 11 0.41 -9 47
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
February 10, 2021
FCHockey releases Winter Ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
January 11, 2021
Notebook: Arcuri, Clarke, Robidas & More
January 10, 2021
2021 WJC: 10 statistical takeaways from draft-eligibles
January 8, 2021
2021 WJC: 5 2021-eligible standouts
December 22, 2020
2021 WJC: Draft-eligible player guide
December 22, 2020
2021 WJC: 10 draft-eligibles to watch
December 22, 2020
Scout Survey: 2021 WJC Roundtable
December 21, 2020
Notebook: 2021 WJC Edition
December 4, 2020
FCHockey releases Preliminary ranking for 2021 NHL Draft

Helenius is a defense-first forward. The enormous size is an undeniable perk, and his straight-line top gear in open ice is alright. There’s enthusiasm and competitiveness to his game as well. He can be menacing when he comes bearing down on opposing defenders on the forecheck with some momentum behind him. He also gets marks for being a center who can kill penalties. Understands the importance of back-checking and will hustle to his defensive zone. He knows when to drop down and support the defenders, jumping into the corners and using his long reach to pull the puck out of scrums, get in passing lanes, and poke check pucks away. He’s able to pin opponents and rub them out along the boards, but in open ice and when trying to hit there is still very much a learning curve. The rest of his game is a big work in progress. He’s a very awkward, unbalanced player who has trouble staying on his feet and even more trouble handling the puck. It always seems to be an adventure when the puck ends up on his stick. It’s also not pretty when the puck leaves his stick either, as some of his passes are way off target. He’s an easy guy to force into turnovers. Looks uncoordinated using his stick defensively at times, and doesn’t use his enormous reach to his advantage enough, often trying to play the body when he should be playing the puck. Players need to have sharp coordination between their feet and their hands, and Helenius lacks that. He understands simple assignments, but looks a little lost when the play gets more complicated around him. Needs to keep his head up more, as he stares down at the puck and loses sight of the play. The best-case scenario for him is that he’s still adjusting to his last growth spurt, as his mobility and puck control need a ton of work and could keep him out of the NHL if they aren’t improved.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide