i haven't seen a lot of him, but in general from finnish people who have seen him play, the impression i've gotten from them is that while he's not a world class skater, it's not a huge weakness and he doesn't lumber around the ice or something
ive seen him play. His skating is not amazing but its not a liability. Its average. However his hockey sense is great on the ice. He knows where to be and when to be it. Good passer. Has a great chance of being solid #2 line center for next season. Should get the call if we have a major injury down the middle.
Immonen seemed like a very good skater. Smooth and quick, from what I remember. Kept up with the preseason pro game very nicely. Don't recall him being blatantly out of position in those few games. Not sure if he's continued that, and hopefully he's only improved.
I personally thought the guy deserved a shot with the club out of the gate. Always seemed to be setting up shots and taking shots, and was defensively responsible. I think a knock is that he doesn't come to play everynight - I cannot comment on that since it's easy to come to 5 or 6 preseason games to make an impression. I think he has the skills and smarts to be an NHLer; I cannot attest to his drive and ambition though.
He have good top speed and have good agility. But his acceleration isn't up to pair, or its just his type of game. The result is that he isn't a center who is a big threat on the rush. Sometimes though he builds up great speed and can beat a collected D.