#57 – Joni Ikonen, C – Frolunda, SHL (J20)

TSN – #45
Central Scouting – #17 ES
ISS – #59
Future Considerations – #62
McKeens – #59
THN – #60
Craig Button – #36
Hockey Prospect – #32


COMPARABLE : Derek Stepan
UPSIDE : Top-9 Offensive Forward
FLOOR : Sm-liiga


Joni Ikonen is a good all-around player who has a chance at becoming a solid 2nd line center in the NHL IF he continues to develop the right way…however, that is far from certain. For that to happen, he will need to fill-out and get stronger. He’s a good skater with a hard shot and is dangerous off the rush. He’s a smart and creative player on the Power Play.

My comparable for Ikonen is Derek Stepan as his style of play is who he reminds me of but don’t get too excited, I’m not really convinced he will end up as good as that. While I see that there is definitely potential and upside with this player, I’m not in love with his decision making and for that reason, I find him to be a bit of a risky pick. I don’t doubt for one second that a team is going to make him a 2nd round pick but if he ends up a player who remains in Finland his entire career, I won’t really be surprised.

He’s kind of a boom-or-bust prospect, in my opinion.



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