Juuso Valimaki

by Peter Harling on December 7, 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:

Dec 2017 - Not only has Valimaki continued to put up a PPG pace in the WHL, but why don't we add leadership skills to the mix. Juuso has been named to the U20 Finnish team for World Juniors as Team Captain. Valimaki is a big part of the Flames future and could make some of the other defensive assets expendable via trade. Either way, this is where fantasy owners should be placing their bets for the future. While others in the system are potential offensive specialist, this kid could be playing Giordano type minutes some day. He's been dealing with a lower-body injury lately but should be good-to-go soon enough. - Joel Henderson

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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