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Scouting the Winnipeg Jets 2017 NHL Draft: Juuso Valimaki prospect profile

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Finally, we get to profile TJ’s favourite prospect, Juuso Valimaki.

Tri-City Americans v Kelowna Rockets Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images

Synopsis:

If you want a defenceman with smarts, skill, and size, look no further than Juuso Valimaki of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans. Though not towering, his 6’2” height is adequate for any NHL team looking to bolster their blue line. Like many of the prospects that have been profiled before him, Valimaki thinks the game at a high level which allows him to make plays in all zones. The young Finnish rearguard has a very good shot - as evidenced by his 19 goals this season - and his primary points per game of 0.70 ranks him well above his peers at the position.

Scouting Report via Jeff Marek:

A good all-around blueliner who’s enjoyed great experience at the junior and international level. Not huge, but possesses great awareness.

Fun Fact:

Teemu Selanne was his boyhood idol and he’s met the President of Finland.

Why a fit with the Winnipeg Jets:

I mean, come on! What’s not to like? As mentioned in the synopsis, Valimaki is a very well-rounded player. Though none of his traits project elite talent, he does possess enough skill to make a difference at the next level. He is said to have good leadership traits and has experience quarterbacking Tri-City’s power play. Much like Nick Suzuki before him, Juuso Valimaki continually checks the boxes of what is required from an NHL player. Add to it the fact he could quickly grow into an everyday role with the Jets given some of their blueline depth and it’s hard not to see this as being a slam dunk selection.

Cons to the selection:

None.

Okay, I lied. The fact that he’s more steady that elite could be seen as a con. I mean, I’m splitting hairs here. Kevin Cheveldayoff, please draft this guy.

Career Statistics

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM
SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM
2012-13 Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 8 3 3 6 2
Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 27 2 10 12 10
Playoofs Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 2 0 0 0 0
2013-14 Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 0 0 0 0
Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 9 2 8 10 6
Ilves U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 44 7 26 33 22
Playoffs Ilves U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 10 2 4 6 4
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 5 0 3 3 4
Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 7 0 1 1 6
2014-15 Ilves U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 44 5 15 20 20
Playoffs Ilves U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 10 1 3 4 6
Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 3 0 2 2 0
Finland U18 WJC-18 7 0 1 1 6
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 23 0 5 5 8
2015-16 Tri-City Americans WHL 56 7 25 32 24
Finland U18 WJC-18 6 0 2 2 0
2016-17 Tri-City Americans WHL 60 19 42 61 34
Playoffs Tri-City Americans WHL 4 0 1 1 8
Finland U20 WJC-20 6 2 0 2 6
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 4 1 5 16

Highlights:

Juuso Valimaki 2017 NHL Draft profile | SB Nation NHL Draft Match

Defenseman Juuso Valimaki is a well-rounded 2017 NHL draft prospect.

Posted by SB Nation NHL on Wednesday, June 7, 2017