2017 NHL Entry Draft

Joni Ikonen

JONI IKONENFinland

MONTREAL • ROUND: 2 OVERALL: 58

 

Previous: Gothenburg Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Under-20)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 51

Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 5-10 • Weight: 169 • Shoots: Right
Birthdate: April 14, 1999 • Hometown: Espoo, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Espoo (Finland U16); Gothenburg (Sweden U18/SHL)
CHL Import Draft: 2017 by Hamilton (Round 1, No. 24 Overall)
SHL Debut: Oct. 8, 2016 (Gothenburg at Karlstad)
First SHL Goal: TBD

IN THE NEWS:
Game Summed Up in One Word: Offense
Played for a Dominant Team (in Swedish)
In U-17 Five Nations Tourney (in Finnish)
Took Part in 2015 World U-17 Challenge

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "He's a smaller, skilled center. He was Finland's best player at the Five Nations with the big guns gone. He makes moves on guy in the neutral zone -- very dynamic. He's a boom-bust guy. I like him." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Undersized centerman that stood out of a strong Finnish offense crop with his quick skating, fine puck-handling, and good work-ethic. He is a smart player that anticipates plays well. Always is aware where to pass the puck next and skates where the puck will be. He is a good stick-handler that can dangle also at high speed." (Phil Bohnenblust, ISS Scout)

• "Early in the (World Under-18) tournament, he was good, but then he was selfish, I thought. You could see it was there, I guess, early on -- the inclination to pass -- but later on there was no way." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "A forward who showed moments of skill, but every time I've seen him at a new event, he just seemed to progress at a fast rate. I'm very impressed with his development." (Ryan Yessie, Scout, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Has a rocket one-timer on the power play with excellent hand-eye coordination, but gets tunnel vision sometimes and doesn't give up the puck when he should, especially on the rush. He's deadly from the circles with a great release and soft hands. Dances with the puck and uses his quickness to be a catalyst in the offensive zone." (Red Line Report)