2017 NHL Entry Draft

Henri Jokiharju

HENRI JOKIHARJUFinland

CHICAGO • ROUND: 1 OVERALL: 29

 

Previous Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 36

Vital Statistics

Position: D • Height: 5-11¾ • Weight: 176 • Shoots: Right
Birthdate: June 17, 1999 • Hometown: Tampere, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Helsinki Jokerit (Fin. U16/U18); Tampere Tappara (Fin. U20)
CHL Import Draft: 2016 by Portland (Round 1, No. 24 Overall)
Agent: Simo Niiranen (Acme World Sports)
WHL Debut: Sept. 24, 2016 (Portland vs. Seattle)
First WHL Goal: Sept. 25, 2016 (Portland vs. Tri-City)

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Made Presence Felt at NHL Draft Combine
One of the Best Puck-Moving Defensemen

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "He's a mid-sized defenseman and a tweener. He's still adjusting to contact over here. He could carry the play more." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Smart puck-moving defenseman that jumps into the rush, controls the breakouts, and anchors the PP. Very smart with and without the puck. Has a solid shot but likes to pass the puck on the PP." (Milan Dragicevic, ISS Scout)

• "He’s a 6-foot puck-mover. He makes pretty good retrievals and smart decisions. I’d describe him as a head-and-stick defenceman. Perhaps more of a support guy than one who takes charge, early on at least." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "I loved his skating from my first viewing -- smooth and incredibly fluid. He is clearly one of the most mechanically sound skaters in the WHL that I saw. There’s so much potential for a skater and passer of his quality. ... The potential is elite for me." (Andy Levangie, Scout, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Makes long stretch-passes through the neutral zone to send wingers in alone, and shows great touch on short saucers off both sides of the blade. Can't hold up against bigger forwards down low in the defensive end, but is always in good position and on the right side of the puck defensively." (Red Line Report)