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This has been a pretty evenly matched game between the two teams. Helenius has had a slow start to the game which I don’t find his skating to be too strong. Although, he does find speed in his cross overs and then cruises on the speed he generates. Helenius with his height, has a long reach which helped him in the defensive zone by breaking up his opponents’ play. In comparison to the last game I watched of Helenius’, I still really like how hard of a shot he has that is often accurate. In the second period of the game Helenius was quick to the puck and had really good accurate passing to his teammates. I noticed he often stayed open and skated up ice so he’d be able to be open to receive a pass to get into the offensive zone. Helenius doesn’t have the best control of the puck, when he gains possession his opponents sneak in and take possession away. Something I noticed in this game that hasn’t been like others was he wasn’t able to hold his opponents off as well as he could have. In the last period of the game Helenius picked up the pace a little more and specifically in the last 3 minutes he was a lot more quick and competed harder than he had the whole game. After watching his performance in this tournament I’m not sure he’s NHL ready.