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Antti Saarela

Date of Birth June 27, 2001
Height 5' 11.75
Weight 190
Country Finland
Position Center
Shoots Left
Amateur Team Rauma Lukko
Draft History
Drafted in 2019 NHL Draft: 4th Round, 123rd Overall Pick by Boston Boston
DraftSite Scouting Report Quite well thought of, but projects as a long developmental center when still needs time to strengthen his overall game. Thought of as a gifted guy with smart instincts, with good energy and stick skills, but that might be a premature assessment. Like tom play with physicality and likes to use his body. His lack of high end speed doesn't hold him back, as long as he gets off and doesn't extend his ice time and start getting tired legs. An active forechecker with good hands, and gives his linemates nice looks with his astuter passes. At the Five Nations Under-18 his zone entries were thwarted on zone entires with puck losses. Was given first line responsibilities but neglected his defensive end responsibilities after he was stifled on the attack. Consistency is what he have rto work on to be an every shift player as he develops. Took a needless kneeing penalty against Russia a got a one game suspension. All this doesn’t close the book on him, just points to a need for more maturity in his on ice demeanor and in his game and skill development. He can play all three forward positions.Has been effective on the PP and PK in international competition. If you want to try and put a barometer on his value to his team, during the Gretsky-Hlinka Tourney first game for Team Finland, he took a nasty open ice hit to the head, and was done for precautionary reasons and Team Finland simply didn't recover.

—Bill Placzek—
2019 NHL Mock DraftRd # Team
DraftSite Mock Draft Projection389Tampa Bay Tampa Bay
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