2017 NHL Entry Draft

Ukko-Pekka Luukonen

UKKO-PEKKA LUUKKONENFinland

BUFFALO • ROUND: 2 OVERALL: 54

 

Previous: Hameenlinna HPK Jr. (Finland Under-20)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 43

Vital Statistics

Position: G • Height: 6-4¼ • Weight: 196 • Catches: Left
Birthdate: March 9, 1999 • Hometown: Espoo, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Teams: Hameenlinna (Finland U18)
KHL Draft: 2016 by Cherepovets (Round 5, No. 122 Overall)
Finland Liiga Debut: TBD
First Liiga Win: TBD

IN THE NEWS:
A Big, Prototypical Modern Goaltender
Epic Showing in the 2016 World U-18's
Strong Start in U-20 League (in Finnish)

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "It was an up-and-down year. The mono (he had mononucleosis), but he looked like himself by the end. He's such a big kid. He moves well, and it's hard to see the holes. Top goalie prospect in Europe." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Very good size goalie. Plays angles conservatively. Not the quickest goalie, but moves well. Good technique. Tracks the puck very well through screens. Traps in his body well. Reads and anticipates well. Challenges passouts and cross-passes aggressively. Average recovery after a save. Pro potential. Needs more development." (Phil Myre, ISS Scout)

• "Hurt his cause with several mediocre outings in Under-18 action this season. He needed to bounce back at the Under-18’s to climb back into top 60 consideration, and he failed to do so." (Recrutes.ca)

• "While his strong reaction time and flexibility has helped him keep pucks out of the net, sometimes it causes him to kick rebounds into the slot. He will need to work on the rebound control in order to be successful at the NHL level." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Uses height well to see over traffic and track pucks. Huge and stops nearly all first shots, but rebound control is poor. Comfortable handling the puck with good stick work. Competitive, yet calm and composed." (Red Line Report)