2017 NHL Entry Draft

Juuso Valimaki




Previous Team: Tri-City Americans (WHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 13

Vital Statistics

Position: D • Height: 6-1½ • Weight: 200 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Oct. 6, 1998 • Hometown: Nokia, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: Tampere Ilves (Finland U20)
First NHL Contract: Signed July 21, 2017
CHL Import Draft: 2015 by Tri-City (Round 1, No. 14 Overall)
Agent: Jay Grossman (Puck Agency)
WHL Debut: Sept. 26, 2015 (Tri-City at Spokane)
First WHL Goal: Oct. 4, 2015 (Tri-City vs. Seattle)

A Move to North America Boosted Game

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "At every level, he has put up numbers. His skating at the World Juniors was a bit suprising, but that could be the maturation process -- I don't think it will hold him back. He's a real solid two-way guy." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Tremendous poise and presence on the ice and has a very low panic point. Jumps into the play -- good offensive instincts. Not an overly physical defender, but instead uses his smarts and body position." (Brent Parker, ISS Scout)

• "He’s got great acceleration from behind our net to the far blueline. He was quite often a zone ahead of his guy and created a lot of transition opportunities for us. He carries the puck with poise, he distributes it well. He’s just a very, very dynamic player offensively for sure. Great shot and release." (Mike Williamson, Tri-City Coach, Recrutes.ca)

• "I keep hearing about Valimaki being in the second tier of defenders in this draft, I disagree. He can score, he can skate, he plays in all three zones and knows how to defend with his body and his stick. He’s poised and adjusted really well to not only the North American game but also to a league that can be tough on defenders." (Andy Levangie, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Highly mobile skater who loves to join the rush and carry the puck in deep. Has good offensive instincts and the skating ability to get back into position with ease. Crisp tape-to-tape outlets and always has his head up." (Red Line Report)