Juuso Valimaki

by Peter Harling on June 23, 2017

 

Juuso Valimaki, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 201

Born: 1998-10-06

Hometown:   Nokia, FIN

 

Drafted: 1st round 2017 16th overall CAL

Observations:

March 2017 – Valimaki has better than average size, skating, skill and is one of the older players in the 2017 draft class. His offensive output didn’t materialize at the World Junior for a struggling Team Finland but has been over a point per game producer in his second season in the WHL. Valimaki will excel at the NHL with his speed and ability to carry the puck up ice as well as make exceptional outlet passes. His skating is an asset and in conjunction with his size he plays the prototypical modern day NHL style of game. His offensive vision and skills also project well at higher levels as he sets the pace, thinks the game fast , has a heavy, accurate shot and can run the power play. Defensively he uses his size and skating to eliminate plays and scoring chances but will need some development time at the pro level to round out his overall game. Valimaki is a very reliable prospect to make the NHL and has considerable fantasy value and offensive upside. Peter Harling

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Offensive defenceman with size and skating, top pairing upside.

 

Footage:

Juuso Valimaki three goal game:

 

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