#79 – Santeri Virtanen, LW – TPS, SM-liiga (U20)

TSN – N/A
Central Scouting – #54 ES
ISS – N/A
Future Considerations – #135
McKeens – #46
THN – N/A
Craig Button – N/A
Hockey Prospect – #134

 

COMPARABLE : Lauri Korpikoski
UPSIDE : 3rd Line Two-Way Forward
FLOOR : SM-liiga Regular

 

Santeri Virtanen is a good skater with good size and ability. A true north-south type of player who will forecheck hard and give you everything he’s got. He makes great reads and can play in all situations. He’s a strong penalty killer and can be a dangerous element short-handed. I think I see him more as a 3rd line two-way player like his comparable Lauri Korpikoski.
Korpikoski was a high pick (19th / 2004 – NYR) but it never really worked out for him as a top-6 forward.

I think Virtanen could end up a solid 3rd or 4th line player if all goes well and he reaches his potential. Could be a nice pick-up if he’s selected in the later rounds.

 

REFERENCE via HF BOARDS

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