Aleksi Heponiemi

Birthplace: Tampere, Finland
Position: LW
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 143
NHL Draft: 2017: 2nd Round, 40th Overall by Florida Panthers

#47 by Riding Pine Hockey
#76 by Future Considerations
#26 by Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

Scouting Reports:
“Undersized but highly skilled winger, Heponiemi is a natural playmaker with hands that could stick handle in a phone booth and elite-level breakway speed, challenges defenders off the rush to keep up with him or be left behind. Needs to bulk up a lot, as he’s prone to getting knocked off the puck.” – Brandon Holmes, Riding Pine Hockey

“A highly-skilled forward who plays with a lot of speed and skill…uses his speed to jet down the wing and beat defenders along the outside…is a hard player to contain with his speed and although he isn’t huge he protects the puck well and is able to drive the net from the outside…has all of the offensive tools: great speed, great puck-skills and stick-skills, able to handle the puck at top speed and make plays, protects the puck well, sees the ice well, possesses a quick, accurate wrist shot and is offensively creative….there are times where he holds the puck for too long and should learn to keep it simple, but however he chooses to make plays he usually succeeds in making them…smart to avoid size barriers, but doesn’t shy away from the net front or corners…plays as if he is the energizer bunny on full charge, constantly moving his feet and in a dodgy manner…has top six potential thanks to the intelligence that makes his skill level so effective.  (November 2016)” – Future Considerations

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
 2013-2014 Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 6 3 4 7 0
Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 15 2 5 7 2
 2014-2015 Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 10 7 18 25 2
Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 31 26 50 76 16
Ilves U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 7 1 2 3 0
 2015-2016 Ilves U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 39 25 40 65 24
Ilves U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 7 2 2 4 2
Finland U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 0
 2016-2017 Swift Current Broncos WHL 72 28 58 86 18
Finland U18 Hlinka Memorial 4 0 5 5 0
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 4 0 5 5 0

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