According to scouts, Aaltonen is an excellent skater, is skilled and creative with the puck, and is a strong playmaker. Heís also been characterized as a player who plays a high energy game which helps compensate for being undersized.
A smaller player, Aaltonen is generously listed at 5-10 and 176 pounds. In several viewings last season, Aaltonen was crafty with the puck and a quick, efficient, productive handler. A more gifted passer than shooter, Aaltonen is one of those rare players who can find time and space in the slot to create his opportunities on quick, one-touch plays.
Last year, Aaltonen played a great deal of centre with Karpat but he also spent a decent chunk of the season playing on the wing with centre Mika Niemi on Karpatís second line.
Aaltonen gives the Leafs more options down the middle, where they are most thin, while also providing another young depth forward ó similar to the way Nikita Soshnikov joined the organization.
Size is irrelevant. You get players you think are good. They obviously liked him enough to bring him here.
Why must some look at size and completely make up their mind that it's a waste of time?
Soshnikov has been a great KHL find and he's not exactly big. Panarin is super small and is now of the best offensive wingers in the NHL.
Can we talk about the player, not the scale for a second?
panarin is bigger than this guy (only an inch), We have marner, Nylander, Komarov , Brown and Soshnokov with Leipsic likely here next year how many do we want? as long as someone is traded it should be fine but id rather not have the smallest team in the league.