F Samu Tuomaala, Kärpät FIN JRS (2021 draft)

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  1. Erikfromfin

    Erikfromfin Registered User

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    Right hand winger with good skating and good slick hands, dangerous player generates lots of offense also good compete level and despite not being biggest guy likes to tackle aswell. Leads B sm in points with 8 goals 14 assists 22 points in 14 games. Scored goal and 2 assists in U16 national team debut vs Germany. Top Finns for 2021 Draft.
    Samu Tuomaala at eliteprospects.com

    some plays vs germany
     
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    Based on the highlights, he looks very skilled and athletic, but juniorish(which is to be expected at this age). A couple of possible red flags:

    1) If you look at his B-SM production, his production during the first six games(when he was mostly on a line centered by Aatu Raty) was 2.17 pts/gm. When Raty went up to A-juniors, Tuomaala's production dropped to 1.13 pts/gm in the successive games.

    2) Based on Tuomaala's current measurements, he's ~68th percentile for height and ~87th percentile for weight. This could indicate that he's matured early, as people usually gain height before they gain bulk. If so, he may have a temporary advantage compared to his peers, who could still be growing into their soon-to-be adult bodies. On the other hand, he apparently grew 2cm in the past year or so, so he may gain a couple more cm in height.
     

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