BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins selected forward Joona Koppanen with the 135th overall pick Saturday afternoon at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
"I think that the draft was awesome and I’m really excited for the draft to Boston," said Koppanen.
The Finland native admitted he didn't know much about Boston, but was well aware that one of his countrymen mans the Bruins' net.
"I know that Tuukka Rask plays there....he’s Finnish guy and I like that," said Koppanen.
Check out more facts and figures below:
5th Round, 135th overall
Weight: 194 pounds
Birthday: Feb. 25, 1998 (18 years old)
Hometown: Tampere, Finland
Last team: Ilves U20
Miscellaneous: Koppanen tallied nine goals and 17 assists in 40 games last season for Ilves U-20 in the Jr. A SM-liiga. In 2014-15, he recorded 25 goals and 32 assists for 57 points in 38 games for the Ilves U-18 team.
The center took home a gold medal with Finland’s U-18 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship.
Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley on Koppanen: "Koppanen for us, we had him rated very high all year long. His offensive production wasn’t quite [there] because he came into the national team and was slotted in on the fourth line. But our scouts saw him in Finland in elite games and he showed offensive upside, but biggest strength is his size and skating, and his energy and work component are second to none."