2017 NHL Entry Draft

Aleksi Heponiemi




Previous Team: Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 46

Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 5-9¾ • Weight: 147 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Jan. 9, 1999 • Hometown: Tampere, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: Tampere Ilves (Finland U18)
CHL Import Draft: 2016 by Swift Current (Round 1, No. 10 Overall)
WHL Debut: Sept. 23, 2016 (Swift Current vs. Saskatoon)
First WHL Goal: Oct. 4, 2016 (Swift Current vs. Portland)

Scouts Wonder if Rookie Year Was Fluke
WHL Eastern Conference Rookie of Year
Impressive North American Introduction

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "He has to do things with his passing ... and slowing down the play. It's a lot more difficult to do at the next level. You don't see a lot of guys in the NHL at that size who can play a slow-down game like that." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Creative, patient puck distributor that displayed strong vision and excellent passing abilities. Finds open space and moves the puck very quickly. Gets back to the defensive zone, but decisions once there have room for improvement. Lacks strength needed to win battles." (Joakim Eriksson, ISS Scout)

• "He’s a lightning quick play-maker, but he’s tiny. ... He’s certainly got the skills and the hockey sense to play in the NHL. He can play in today’s game." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "He is highly skilled and was a dominant playmaker in some viewings. His size and stature are concerning as he relies heavily on his quickness to avoid contact. I consider him a high-risk, high-reward prospect, as he has to play an offensive role to be successful." (Cass Bruni, Scout, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Looks off defenders on every single pass before blindly hitting targets. Stops on a dime. Constantly in motion in traffic. Elusive and slips off contact. ... But he is a very soft player who actively seeks to avoid contact." (Red Line Report)