#72 – Aleksi Heponiemi, C/LW – Swift Current, WHL

TSN – #50
Central Scouting – #26 NAS
ISS – #68
Future Considerations – #76
McKeens – #65
THN – #50
Craig Button – #27
Hockey Prospect – #40


COMPARABLE : Mike Ribeiro
UPSIDE : Top-9 Offensive Forward
FLOOR : SM-liiga Regular


Heponiemi is a good skater and an excellent playmaker. He can find players in seams when it looks like those lanes are closed. He has the ability to draw defencemen to him, slowing down the play and taking advantage with a slick pass. My comparable for him is Mike Ribeiro as that’s who he reminds me of in the way that he skates and makes plays out there. Unfortunately, Heponiemi is only 149 lbs! Unless teams think that he’s going to be able to fill-out that slight frame of his, I can see this player slipping to the later rounds.

I think adding 30lbs so that he can still only be considered ‘small’ seems like a stretch to me though not impossible.

He’s got a lot of skill and talent though so it could be worth the gamble in the 3rd round or later.



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