Finland’s World Junior Team: The Forwards

Finland is looking to return to their previous glory of 2016 with the announcement of the players who are invited to their selection camp ahead of the 2018 IIHF World Juniors. There are few returnees, but the players selected have deep resumes on the international stage. Forwards who the Finnish brass hope can help the team return to the medal round include Aleksi Heponiemi (69 points in 28 games with Swift Current), Janne Kuokkanen (who’s played in the NHL this season with Carolina) and Eeli Tolvanen (lighting up the KHL as an 18-year-old). Finland has a strong defense this year, but the forward group looks very scary this year.

A reminder, this is only the selection camp group of forwards. 2-3 forwards will have to be cut before the tournament starts.

See the Goaltenders and Defensemen HERE

FORWARDS:

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ALEKSI HEPONIEMI – C
5’10/148
January 9th/1999
NHL Rights: FLA (2nd Round/40th Overall/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
Swift Current Broncos (WHL) – 28GP – 19G – 50A – 69PTS – 14PIMS – +26

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 7GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 0PIMS – -2
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS (WHC-17)
2016-2017: U-18 – 3GP – 0G – 3A – 3PTS – 0PIMS
2016-2017: U-18 – 4GP – 0G – 5A – 5PTS – 0PIMS – +1 (Hlinka Memorial)
2017-2018: U-20 – 3GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 0PIMS

JONI IKONEN – C/RW
6’0/183
April 14/1999
NHL Rights: MTL (2nd Round/58th Overall/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
KalPa (Liiga) – 29GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS – 4PIMS – -2

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 11GP – 8G – 8A – 16PTS – 8PIMS – +1
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 1G – 5A – 6PTS – 20PIMS (WHC-17)
2016-2017: U-18 – 7GP – 4G – 4A – 8PTS – 8PIMS – +4 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 14GP – 7G – 8A – 15PTS – 8PIMS (Rest of Games)
2017-2018: U-20 – 2GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 2PIMS

JERE INNALA – LW
5’9/172
March 17/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for the 2018 Draft

2017-2018 Team:
HPK (Liiga) – 28GP – 4G – 1A – 5PTS – 4PIMS – -10

Previous International Experience:
2016-2017: U-20 – 7GP – 6G – 2A – 8PTS – 4PIMS – +5*
2017-2018: U-20 – 2GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 0PIMS

*He did not make Finland’s World Junior Team in 2017

JUHA JAASKA – LW/RW
5’10/190
February 9/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for the 2018 Draft

2017-2018 Team:
HIFK (Liiga) – 9GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 2PIMS – -2
HIFK U20 (Jr. A SM Liiga) – 3GP – 0G – 5A – 5PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 3GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN
2014-2015: U-17 – 6GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 2PIMS (WHC-17)
2014-2015: U-17 – 14GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS – 6PIMS (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 7GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 8PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 2G – 0A – 2PTS – 4PIMS – +3 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 3GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – -1*

*He did not make Finland’s World Junior Team in 2017

OTTO KOIVULA – LW/RW
6’4/220
September 1st/1998
NHL Rights: NYI (4th Round/120th Overall/2016)

2017/2018 Team:
Ilves (Liiga) – 30GP – 3G – 14A – 17PTS – 16PIMS – -12

Previous Internatinal Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 9GP – 4G – 2A – 6PTS – 2PIMS – +3
2014-2015: U-17 – 18GP – 3G – 5A – 8PTS – 2PIMS – +2
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 6PIMS – -1 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 6GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – -2 (WJC-20)
2016-2017: U-20 – 7GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN (Rest of Games)
2017-2018: U-20 – 1GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 0PIMS

JOONA KOPPANEN – LW/C
6’5/192
February 25/1998
NHL Rights: BOS (5th Round/135th Overall/2016)

2017/2018 Team:
Ilves (Liiga) – 22GP – 0G – 8A – 8PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 6GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – +2
2014-2015: U-17 – 6GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 2PIMS (WHC-17)
2014-2015: U-17 – 18GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 6PIMS – -1 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 7GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – +3 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 10GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS – 4PIMS – +3*
2017-2018: U-20 – 1GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS

*He did not make Finland’s World Junior Team in 2017

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JANNE KUOKKANEN – C/W
6’1/187
May 25/1998
NHL Rights: CAR (2nd Round/43rd Overall/2016)

2017-2018 Team:
Charlotte Checkers (AHL) – 14GP – 3G – 9A – 12PTS – 10PIMS – +5
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) – 4GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – -3

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 11GP – 3G – 7A – 10PTS – 6PIMS – +14
2014-2015: U-17 – 6GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS – 6PIMS (WHC-17)
2014-2015: U-17 – 16GP – 6G – 6A – 12PTS – 12PIMS – +3 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 7GP – 3G – 4A – 7PTS – 4PIMS – +2 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 6A – 6PTS – 4PIMS – +4 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 6GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – -2 (WJC-20)
2016-2017: U-20 – 9GP – 0G – 4A – 4PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN (Rest of Games)
2017-2018: U-20 – 4GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 2PIMS

RASMUS KUPARI – C
5’11/163
March 15/2000
NHL Rights: Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017-2018 Team:
Hermes (Mestis) – 3GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 4PIMS – +1
Karpat U20 (Jr. A SM Liiga) – 11GP – 3G – 4A – 7PTS – 12PIMS – +7
Karpat (Liiga) – 19GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS – 0PIMS – +5

Previous International Experience:
2015-2016: U-16 – 11GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS – 4PIMS – -2
2016-2017: U-17 – 5GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS (WHC-17)
2016-2017: U-17 – 16GP – 4G – 4A – 8PTS – 10PIMS (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 7GP – 0G – 3A – 3PTS – 2PIMS – +1 (WJC-18)
2017-2018: U-18 – 4GP – 2G – 5A – 7PTS – 0PIMS (Hlinka Memorial)
2017-2018: U-20 – 3GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS

EETU LUOSTARINEN – C
6’3/179
September 2/1998
NHL Rights: CAR (2nd Round/42nd Overall/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
KalPa (Liiga) – 30GP – 1G – 6A – 7PTS – 28PIMS – -6

Previous International Experience:
2016-2017: U-20 – 7GP – 1G – 4A – 5PTS – 2PIMS – +3*
2017-2018: U-20 – 2GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 0PIMS

*He did not make Finland’s World Junior Team in 2017

SAMI MOILANEN – RW
5’9/181
January 22/1999
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) – 26GP – 16G – 8A – 24PTS – 19PIMS – -1

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 3GP – 4G – 3A – 7PTS – 2PIMS – +7
2014-2015: U-17 – 10GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS – 4PIMS – -1
2014-2015: U-18 – 3GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – -3
2015-2016: U-17 – 3GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-18 – 7GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 2PIMS – +3 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-18 – 3GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS – 2PIMS
2016-2017: U-18 – 4GP – 4G – 2A – 6PTS – 2PIMS – -2 (Hlinka Memorial)
2017-2018: U-20 – 5GP – 2G – 0A – 2PTS – 4PIMS

MARKUS NURMI – RW/LW
6’3/168
June 29/1998
NHL Rights: OTT (6th Round/163rd Overall/2016)

2017/2018 Team: 
TPS (Liiga) – 29GP – 4G – 4A – 8PTS – 8PIMS – -1

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 11GP – 3G – 6A – 9PTS – 8PIMS – +2
2014-2015: U-17 – 6GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS (WHC-17)
2014-2015: U-17 – 9GP – 1G – 0A – 0PTS – 6PIMS (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 7GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – +2 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-20 – 7GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS – 6PIMS – +2*
2017-2018: U-20 – 2GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS

*He did not make Finland’s World Junior Team in 2017

AAPELI RASANEN – C
6’0/196
June 1/1998
NHL Rights: EDM (6th Round/153rd Overall/2016)

2017/2018 Team:
Boston College (NCAA) – 17GP – 3G – 7A – 10PTS – 16PIMS – +7

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 11GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS – 10PIMS – +4
2014-2015: U-17 – 6GP – 0G – 4A – 4PTS – 4PIMS (WHC-17)
2014-2015: U-17 – 18GP – 7G – 8A – 15PTS – 24PIMS – EVEN (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 7GP – 3G – 6A – 9PTS – 12PIMS – +8 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 3A – 3PTS – 2PIMS – -2 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 6GP – 2G – 4A – 6PTS – 2PIMS – -1 (WJC-20)
2016-2017: U-20 – 10GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS – 16PIMS – EVEN (Rest of Games)
2017-2018: U-20 – 1GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS

EELI TOLVANEN – LW
5’10/181
April 22/1999
NHL Rights: NSH (1st Round/30th Overall/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
Jokerit (KHL) – 37GP – 17G – 14A – 31PTS – 22PIMS – +12

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 5GP – 4G – 5A – 9PTS – 12PIMS – +2
2014-2015: U-17 – 7GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS – 2PIMS – -4
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 9G – 1A – 10PTS – 0PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-18 – 7GP – 7G – 2A – 9PTS – 0PIMS – +6 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 6GP – 2G – 4A – 6PTS – 2PIMS – -1 (WJC-20)
2016-2017: U-20 – 9GP – 5G – 5A – 10PTS – 6PIMS – +3 (Rest of Games)
2017-2018: Mens – 3GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN (Euro Hockey Tour)

JERRY TURKULAINEN – RW/LW
5’7/146
September 22/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
JYP (Liiga) – 27GP – 4G – 11A – 15PTS – 12PIMS – +14

Previous International Experience:
2016-2017: U-20 – 7GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN*
2017-2018: U-20 – 1GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS

*He did not make Finland’s World Junior Team in 2017

EETU TUULOLA – RW
6’2/225
March 17/1998
NHL Rights: CGY (6th Round/156th Overall/2016)

2017-2018 Team:
HPK (Liiga) – 25GP – 8G – 1A – 9PTS – 16PIMS – -5

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 6GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS – 14PIMS
2014-2015: U-17 – 6GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 4PIMS (WHC-17)
2014-2015: U-17 – 19GP – 6G – 5A – 11PTS – 34PIMS – -4 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 7GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS – 0PIMS – +1 (WJC-18)
2017-2018: U-20 – 1GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 0PIMS

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KRISTIAN VESALAINEN – LW/RW
6’3/209
June 1/1999
NHL Rights: WPG (1st Round/24th Overall/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
HPK (Liiga) – 25GP – 8G – 11A – 19PTS – 2PIMS – +5

Previous Internationl Experience:
2014-2015: U-17 – 6GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS – 4PIMS (WHC-17)
2014-2015: U-17 – 18GP – 5G – 3A – 8PTS – 4PIMS – +1 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 4G – 4A – 8PTS – 4PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-18 – 7GP – 2G – 4A – 6PTS – 6PIMS – +8 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0IMS – +1 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-18 – 7GP – 6G – 7A – 13PTS – 8PIMS – +5 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-20 – 6GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – -4 (WJC-20)
2016-2017: U-20 – 6GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN (Rest of Games)
2017-2018: U-20 – 3GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 2PIMS

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