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Vilen

When it comes to composure, Vilen is a man in a teenager’s body. You would never guess his age just by watching how he conducts himself on a shift-by-shift basis. He doesn’t seem to panic or get phased by anything, and goes about his business in a very assured and workmanlike way. When he faces…

Date of Birth
April 1, 2003
Position
Defense
Height
6'0"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Lahti, FIN  
Shoots
Left
Weight
185 lbs
Draft Result
5/129 (NJD)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Mar 4/21 Vilen Topias 21760 – Pelicans vs. JYP LIIGA by Derek Neumeier View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Pelicans LIIGA 35 3 5 8 -8 0
July 24, 2021
2021 NHL Draft Tracker
July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 22, 2021
FCHockey’s FULL Seven-Round Staff Mock
July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
April 30, 2021
World U18s: 3 stars from Day 5
April 18, 2021
Tuomaala, Lambert headline Finland’s U18 roster

When it comes to composure, Vilen is a man in a teenager’s body. You would never guess his age just by watching how he conducts himself on a shift-by-shift basis. He doesn’t seem to panic or get phased by anything, and goes about his business in a very assured and workmanlike way. When he faces pressure he shows the ability to absorb it and find ways to alleviate it. Displays a very advanced understanding of how to defend, encompassing what to do with his body, where he needs to go, and what he needs to do. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good for a player this age at this level. Looks right at home on the penalty kill. Despite the positives to his game, there are some unfortunate and easily noticeable drawbacks. The first is that you’d like to see Vilen be a little bigger and stronger for an off-puck specialist, so that he is more capable of forcing changes in possession. He’s not scrawny or weak or anything, but he seems average in this area. The second issue is that his feet leave a lot to be desired. He’s neither quick nor agile at the moment, hurting his ability to gain separation in a straight line or move well laterally. This also hurts his zone exits a lot, as he has to rely a lot on passing it out instead of carrying it out himself, reducing his options. His skating issues also limit his ability to be involved in the rush. A little more creativity and dynamism would be nice to see. He’s a little predictable and by-the-book with how he goes about his business. This could be a problem at the NHL level, where he would have to defend against guys who think the sport at an elite level. There’s a very safe floor and foundation with Vilen, which should make him an interesting project as a draft pick in the middle rounds.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide