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Koivunen

Koivunen’s a stocky and feisty winger who goes into the dirty areas. He’s a smart player who shows a very good understanding of how the play is unfolding and where he needs to be to influence it. He has poise and vision when the puck is on his stick. He has great balance on his…

Date of Birth
June 13, 2003
Position
Left Wing
Height
5'11"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Oulu, FIN  
Shoots
Left
Weight
161 lbs
Draft Result
2/51 (CAR)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
May 22/21 Koivunen Ville 22121 – Finland vs. Team USA WJC-18 by Curtis Schwartzkopf View Report
May 2/21 Koivunen Ville 22049 – Germany vs. Finland WJC-18 by Austin Broad View Report
Dec 28/20 Koivunen Ville 21495 – Pelicans U20 vs. Karpat U20 JR A SM-liiga by Derek Neumeier View Report
Dec 5/20 Koivunen Ville 21419 – Karpat U20 vs. KalPa U20 JR A SM-liiga by Josh Bell View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Kärpät U20 JR. A
July 26, 2021
Broad Strokes: Top picks from each team at the 2021 Draft
July 26, 2021
Scout Survey: Post 2021 NHL Draft
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
10 storylines to watch at the 2021 NHL Draft
July 23, 2021
2021 NHL Draft – FCHockey’s Draft Directory
July 22, 2021
FCHockey’s FULL Seven-Round Staff Mock
July 22, 2021
Scout Survey: 2021 NHL Draft class
July 19, 2021
2021 Draft Targets: Five prospects to consider in Round 3
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
May 10, 2021
Notebook: World U18s edition v3
May 1, 2021
World U18s: 3 stars from Day 6
April 30, 2021
World U18s: 3 stars from Day 5
April 27, 2021
World U18s: 3 stars from Day 2
April 18, 2021
Tuomaala, Lambert headline Finland’s U18 roster
April 15, 2021
Bell’s 10 Takes: Buium, Lambos, Under-18s & more
March 26, 2021
Koivunen named U20 SM-sarja rookie of the year
December 4, 2020
FCHockey releases Preliminary ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
December 4, 2020
2021 NHL Draft: FCHockey’s under-the-radar players
November 25, 2020
2021 NHL Draft: 5 under-the-radar Finnish players to watch

Koivunen’s a stocky and feisty winger who goes into the dirty areas. He’s a smart player who shows a very good understanding of how the play is unfolding and where he needs to be to influence it. He has poise and vision when the puck is on his stick. He has great balance on his feet and has surprising strength in front of the net when battling for position. He has good awareness for when to break out of the zone to make himself open for a pass. Koivunen tends to come to a complete stop to change direction instead of a long sweeping turn which gives him an edge in chasing down the play. He keeps his body square to the puck which makes him always open for a pass. From a defensive perspective, Koivunen doesn’t over pursue the puck which ensures he’s almost always in position relative to his assignments. He plays hard, trying to throw hits and rub players out along the boards, despite his smaller stature. Koivunen frequently looks to make passes to high-danger areas but does show a tendency to force plays at times. With his combination of agility and speed, he needs to increase how often he carries the puck out of his zone and into the neutral zone. This would make him a more impactful possession player. One caveat to this though is his need to maintain his speed when puckhandling as it;s noticeable how his speed slows when carrying the puck. He’s so focused on the puck, that sometimes he forgets his shoulder checks and to keep an eye on his man. He does well defending the rush, using an active stick and challenging the puck carrier. Once the opposition gets set in his defensive zone though, he needs to improve in his engagement. He tends to miss or mishandle passes. He’ll need to greatly work on his puck reception. He gives up a lot of balance in his shot, leaning over on one leg, keeping it straight. He needs to put his weight into his shot by bending his knee and maintaining good posture. He’ll also need to drive the net on offense rather than always working the perimeter. Finally, his skating is his biggest weakness right now with his short stature hurting his reach and range. With his size, he’ll need to improve his skating to reach the next level.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide