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12-11-2012, 07:07 AM
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Want to know more about potential first round pick Artturi Lehkonen?

With all the attention on Barkov and Ristolainen this guy is flying under radar for North American posters. Artturi Lehkonen is smallish 5'11 and 159lbs winger foward who is quite late born 2013 draftee so he is still potentially growing.He's playing on the top line with NYR Derek Stepan in his senior club which is one of the best teams in FEL.

I would describe him as european version of Zach Parise(playing style). This guy just competes very hard in every shift and has very good work ethic. He isn't offense only player. He is good in the defensive zone and he is used as PK specialist in finnish junior national teams. Offensively i would describe him as sneaky player. He's full of suprises in the offensive zone. He's as dangerous without the puck than with it. Reads very well if the defenders goes out of the position and takes full advantages off those mistakes. Has excellent shot, speed, vision.

He's definety an goal scorer. He's good at putting the pucks from the rebounds and deflections. He can snipe it or deke it. He is very versatile goal scorer. Offensively i see alot of Selänne(again playing style) in him aswell. How effectively he shoots, how he skates past defenders and how sneaky they are. Lehkonen was best scorer on U18 WC as an underager and had most points in U20 tournament in sundsvall. But he's great playmaker aswell.

I like alot that Lehkonen is always on the game and never plays in the perimeter. Works on the dirty area and doesen't shy away anything or respect older players.

Currently listed as #13 in ISS for the draft and have quietly been consistent first rounder in most of the list. He will most likely play couple years in FEL after getting drafted but has excellent enviroment to develope.

His biggest flaw at the moment is his strength. He could end up as 6'0 very well. He plays alot bigger than he is. At times he seems to be too brave especially for his size. Right now he has to learn more about his physical limits to prevent injuries. Once he get stronger and physically more matured he can play the game which he plays right now.

ISS on Lehkonen:

"ISS Top 30 #13 Artturi Lehkonen Goal scorer, quick stick, nose for net. Strong work ethic & competes hard."

Current stats:

31GP 9G+12A=21Points which is enough for 2nd place in his team scoring. Derek Stepan has 4points in 12 games.

Some videos:

IIHF interview:

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