Tavernier: Smooth skating forward with great hands and solid shot. Also has the ability to find his line mates with good passes in the offensive zone. Looks like a solid prospect for sure.
I need to see him playing a bit more, though, but I like the player.
Can anyone tell me something about Ville-Valtteri Leskinen? He's been on fire lately in jr. A with 51 points in 30 games. He's got good size also at 6'1, 185.
Leskinen has fairly good puck handling skills and an above average shot. He’s a strong skater in comparison to most of his opponents. 6’1’’ might be a tad too much for him, I’d say he’s closer to 6’0’’. Leskinen and his linemate Mäenalanen play a fast transition game and are good at cycling the puck in the offensive zone.
HockeyNator has uploaded a fairly interesting Jr.B game to Youtube: Tappara - Kärpät. Jesse Puljujärvi (white #39) and Patrik Laine (blue #42) are putting up good stats for 14-year-old players. Both are tall wingers that play with their right hand down. Laine scored a nice goal onwards from 1:13:30.
And I suppose you find it impossible that he knows the scouts(Finnish?) and talked to them before the game?
It’s entirely possible, either he talked with them or just overheard them talking about Kulmala, but that’s not the point. Barkov, Ristolainen, Lehkonen and is some cases possibly Ikonen or Antonen are likely the main targets for scouts in Finland. They build their schedules primarily around the top guys (~ top-100 prospects from their point of view), the rest are mostly secondary or an added bonus.
They probably wrote a small report of most young players in that game, including Kulmala, but it doesn’t change the obvious. Ristolainen was by far the most valuable prospect in that game, and a big reason for them being in that game in the first place.
Sometimes it’s hard to get one fully honest word out of scouts, you need to learn to read between the lines. For many it’s an industry policy to unveil as little as possible, in addition some of them like pulling your leg every chance they get.