2017 NHL Entry Draft

Santeri Virtanen




Previous Team: Turku TPS Jr. (Finland Under-20)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 128

Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 6-1½ • Weight: 194 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: May 11, 1999 • Hometown: Kirkkonummi, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Turku TuTo (U16); TPS (U16/U18); Dubuque (USHL)
KHL Draft: 2016 by Kazan (Round 1, No. 17 Overall)
USHL Draft: 2016 by Dubuque (Round 6, No. 102 Overall)
First U20 Goal: Feb. 24, 2017 (Turku vs. Tampere Ilves)

World U-18's OT Goal vs. Czechs (in Finnish)
Scored Shorthanded in U-18 Win vs. Canada
Picked to Play in USHL/NHL Prospects Game

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "Very effective away from the puck, using a strong sense of positioning and stick work to make offensive forays very difficult for opponents. Considering how strong he looked in April after not playing for six months or so suggests that he may be the sleeper of the draft." (McKeen's Draft Preview)

• "I like Virtanen, he is a good player. He’s got some size, got some skill, his skating is going to be pretty good I think. A good two-way guy, kills penalties. He was even was on the power play a few times. You’ve got to remember this guy came out of nowhere because he was injured all year." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "Puck skills are average, but he has the ability to make quick dekes around the net and push the puck laterally when carrying the puck with speed. Although his sample size was small this season, he has shown some ability to score around the net, including being able to get the puck up quickly on his backhand. His on-ice vision is inconsistent, as he occasionally can make a tough pass in the offensive zone." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Goes hard straight to the crease. He's a load for defenders to handle down low -- like a bull in a china shop. Good balance and strong on skates. Always eager -- loves the game. Rugged and smart around net, goes to the dirty areas and loves to battle. Very good about setting screens and getting in the goalie's sight line." (Red Line Report)