#18 Winter Prospect: Teemu Hartikainen

Current Rank: #18
Summer Rank: #19

Of the three players still to come on this list, Teemu Hartikainen is the least gifted offensively. He makes the list at number 18 for secondary skills, so in that way he belongs to the same family of players as Riley Nash and Chris Vande Velde. Based on pure offense or Desjardins NHL equivalencies the ranking would be lower.

Why does Hartikainen move past the superior offensive players still to come? A few reasons.

International Scouting Services tells us he’s a “real warrior who hates to lose. Great work ethic, loves to play a physical style and when he’s on he’s unstoppable. Has a habit of taking bad penalties. Does not have a lot of offensive flair but does have the skill set to be a reliable defensive center at the next level.”

Hartikainen is just a kid, he won’t turn 20 until spring 2010. He clocks in at 6.01 and 198; he’s also scored pretty well in Finland’s highest league (SM-LIIGA), popping 7 goals (and 1 assist) in 31 league games so far this season. The 7 goals have him in a tie for 38th in the league (the leaders have 16) so he’s definitely down the batting order.

Kevin Prendergast: “His skating needs to improve a little bit but he’s six-foot-two, 200 pounds and he uses his size. He should be on the Finnish junior team at the world championship. I really liked him when I saw him this year. He’s almost a poor man’s (Tomas) Holmstrom. He competes all over the ice.” Redline likes his size and strength but says he has “heavy feet.” I also read that he’s good along the wall.

No word yet on whether or not he’ll be on the Finnish WJC team but Guy Flaming suggests he will.

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15 Responses to "#18 Winter Prospect: Teemu Hartikainen"

  1. digger says:

    A couple of comments from Finnish post “MVS” over at HF:


    He’s having a quite good season in finnish league.

    So far 8 goals and 2 assists in 31 games with 11.18 icetime average.

    He’s second in the league rookie scoring behind -88 born Juuso Puustinen.

    And for those who don’t know, He’s Edmontons 6th round pick (#163 overall) from 2008 draft.

    And in response to the question of if he’ll be playing for Finland at the WJHC:


    Yes. He’s probably our first or second line winger.

    Our U20-team is playing an exhibition game today against my hometown team (second tier team) and Hartikainen is playing on the first line, but of course there might be some changes, because this is just an exhibition game.

  2. CM says:

    Nash got cut from the WJ team…I was hoping we’d get to see him over christmas

  3. Schitzo says:

    Man, that’s ridiculous about Nash. Bummer.

  4. doritogrande says:

    Hard to argue that Nash didn’t deserve a spot on this team. Three assists in three intrasquad games. Really hurts to see him get cut while players I’ve never heard of like Della Rovere and Didomenico make the team.

    On Hartikainen: Kid’s big with soft hands but doesn’t have the greatest skating. I didn’t know they made coke machines in Finland. Digger: can you ask your Finnish friend for a translation of the phrase “Coke Machine”?

  5. doritogrande says:

    “Why does Hartikainen move past the superior offensive players still to come?”

    Using this logic, I guess you’ve left Ryan O’Marra off again. Other goalies too. Let me guess, Goulet and McDonald?

  6. spOILer says:

    At least Eberle is in.

  7. Lord Bob says:

    What are the chances Nash goes to the World Juniors if he’s playing in the CHL? 100% or 200%?

  8. Jonathan says:

    Why does Hartikainen move past the superior offensive players still to come?

    So who’s left for LT to have on the list?

    Spurgeon, McDonald, Roy, Bina, Goulet, Sestito, O’Marra, Young, Huddy, Perugini, Cornet and Kytnar are the guys I could see contending for one of the final two spots. My guess would be:

    19. Philippe Cornet
    20. Milan Kytnar

    Too bad Perugini’s slumped the last few games.

  9. doritogrande says:

    Jonathan:

    Damn. Your two candidates are much, much better than my two.

  10. Mark says:

    Spurgeon over Kytnar easy. Kytnar is not following the clubs advice and is not succeeding his way.

  11. Jonathan says:

    Spurgeon over Kytnar easy. Kytnar is not following the clubs advice and is not succeeding his way.

    Are you thinking of William Quist by any chance? Kytnar’s having an OK season in the WHL; Quist was basically written off in comments made by Kevin Prendergast (of all people) and is toiling in Sweden’s verison of the ECHL.

  12. Ribs says:

    Schremp to Springfield….

  13. Mark says:

    Wrong European… my bad. Quist is exactly who i was thinking of. (At least they were the same year and only one round apart.)

    Still, Spurgeon isn’t playing horrible in the A and was one of the later cuts in TC.
    But I don’t know much about Kytnar except reading about him being traded and that his stat line is drastically better than last year. So I’ll give you benefit of the doubt.

  14. Lord Bob says:

    Schremp to Springfield….

    In other news, Zach “The Human Cling Film” Stortini lives another day.

    Pete Peeters supposedly likes his “gumption”.

  15. Habakoski says:

    Some status report of Teemu Hartikainen for your pleasure.

    At this moment while I’m writing, Teemu’s home team (KalPa) is preparing for the playoffs. He has already broken the club season record for goals by a rookie (17, previously held by Sami Kapanen with 15 goals) and is competing for the rookie of the year trophy against Juuso Puustinen and Mikko Koskinen.

    I would also like to comment some claims popping in this blog:

    Quote: “Has a habit of taking bad penalties.”
    I Disagree. He plays hard but clean. Only 12 pim this season so far.

    It’s true that he is not a rocket on ice but he improves his skating every day and is truly fast enough for big games. We love Hartikainen here in Finland and in couple of years he definitely is great NHL material.

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