Welcome to the 5th edition of “Notes” on Montreal Canadiens prospects in their respective leagues. Below are general notes and total statistics for the end of the season on Habs prospects playing in the Liiga, KHL, and SHL.


Liiga

RW Jesse Ylönen is a speedy skilled winger that plays at a high pace. He’s got excellent edges, can turn on a dime and is very agile. He’s a great puck handler that protects the puck well even while at high speeds or changing gears in motion, he can also take a quick shot while in stride. Ylönen possesses a pretty heavy quick release and a sneaky one-timer. He can shoot from the back foot or corral the puck and fire with great accuracy. He plays at a high pace with a hard forecheck using his active stick to create turnovers. He’ll drive the net and position himself in the high slot for redirects. Ylönen has high hockey IQ a smart player that reads breakouts and offensive plays really well. He’ll have to build up lower body strength to develop a powerful first few steps and bulk up to be stronger along the boards. Jesse Ylönen player profile page.

2018-2019 Regular Season Statistics

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
53 13 14 27 8 10

2018-2019 Playoff Season Statistics

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
3 0 1 1 0 1

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C/RW Joni Ikonen is a shifty forward with an excellent heavy release. He has great hockey sense, reads and anticipates the plays which lead to his ability to be patient. He’s a dual threat either from below the goal line with his good agility and puck protection or from the tops of the circle with his wicked release. He owns a high-end release whether it be a quick wrister in stride or a clapper from a standstill that can cleanly beat goaltenders. Ikonen has great stick handling abilities with a wide variety of tricks, he’s quick and shifty to get in and out of traffic. He’s a firm playmaker who uses his tremendous vision to pick out teammates in high danger positions or to facilitate a set play on the powerplay. Overall he is a good skater with slightly above average straight-line speed but a great skating stride and edge work that contribute to his deceptive acceleration. Ikonen will have to work on his defensive game and play without the puck, especially own zone positioning. Joni Ikonen player profile page.

2018-2019 Regular Season Statistics

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
13 5 5 10 6 -3

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LD Alexander Romanov is a sturdy two-way defenceman with a great tool kit. He’s an excellent skater with a powerful stride and fantastic first couple of steps. He can stop and start, shimmy and shake with ease to escape a check. He has a heavy slapshot with okay accuracy and a pretty deadly wrist shot. His vision is above average, he can stretch the ice or make conventional effective breakout passes. He’s not afraid to carry the puck out of his own zone and uses a combination of his speed and lower body strength to protect the puck. He’ll also jump up into the play to create an odd-man attack rush and recognizes good offensive positioning. Defensively Romanov always has an active stick, blocking passing lanes or jarring the puck loose while pinning the attacker along the boards. He has good gap control to keep the attackers to the perimeter and cut off cycles using his body. Romanov can jump up and lower the boom or take out the opponent along the boards with a bone-crushing hit. He’ll have to put on more weight and work on his upper body strength and his playmaking/offensive creativity. Alexander Romanov player profile page.

2018-2019 Regular Season Statistics

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
43 1 3 4 12 16

2018-2019 Playoff Season Statistics

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
4 0 0 0 2 2

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SHL

C Jacob Olofsson is a well rounded two-way center with good playmaking abilities. He’s an overall strong skater with a long skating stride and just a tick above average speed/acceleration. He gets himself up and down the rink at ease with his good positioning and high-end hockey IQ. He has solid playmaking skills and passing abilities. He possesses good vision and processes the game both offensively and defensively at a mature level. Olofsson has an accurate wrist shot and picks his spots well but overall his shot is average. He has decent puck skills and is not afraid to cut through two defenders or use sharp stick skills to bet a defender one-on-one. He’s a premium defensive forward who uses his stick well defensively, smart read and reacts doesn’t panic or crumble under pressure. He’s solid along the boards at picking out and/or disrupting plays and gets to the shooting lanes well. Olofsson will need to increase his offensive creativity, work on his top-end speed and utilize his shot more often. Jacob Olofsson player profile page.
2018-2019 Regular Season Statistics

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
34 3 6 9 2 -14

2018-2019 Playoff Season Statistics

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
5 0 0 0 0 -1

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The next edition of “Notes” will be focused on Habs prospects from the NCAA set to release next week.

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