With their first of two sixth round picks, the Calgary Flames drafted Finnish right winger Eetu Tuulola with the 156th overall selection.
The Hämeenlinna, FIN product spent the 2015-16 campaign with the HPK U20 squad in the Jr. A SM-liiga league. In 29 games, he scored nine goals and posted 14 points. He also played 10 games with HPK in Liiga and represented Finland at the IIHF U18 World Junior Championship, scoring two goals and four points in seven appearances.
"He’s a big power forward," Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button summarized. "He likes to score and he’s got some work to do on his skating, but he rumbles up and down the wing and he goes to the net.
"He’s a hungry, hungry kid going to the net trying to score goals."
Here is what scouts have to say about Tuulola:
INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICE - RANKED 54TH OVERALL
Big and strong kid and plays a heavy game. Hard on puck and is hard to handle down low. Power forward with good hands. Uses his size and body positioning to protect the puck and take it to the net effectively. Willing to go into the corners and in front of the net. Lacks speed, however he is a powerful skater and once he gets going, he is hard to stop. He has a good skill set and has scored numerous big goals for his team this season. Understands the game. Solid two-way winger.
NHL Potential: 3rd line winger
FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS - RANKED 84TH OVERALL
Tuulola is a prime example of the Finnish dedication to solid two-way, unselfish hockey. He plays a pest game to get under his opponents skin. He uses every inch and pound of his frame to go to the dirty areas of the ice, clears room in the crease and plays hard along the wall. Tuulola enjoys to get his nose dirty and is seemingly always available for a little scrum after the whistle. He plays with a physical edge and finished his checks. He has impressive speed and great acceleration for his size. In the neutral zone, Tuulola is a very dangerous player because he can hit you hard and create turnovers. His shot is very lethal and more often than not, he is the target of his teammates for taking the shot. He can also make good one-touch passes to his teammates, and is not the kind of player who creates many giveaways. Tuulola is also a smart and patient player who waits for the right moment to forecheck and cut passing lanes. He acclimates himself to the situation well, and can go from playing shutdown defence to playing high-tempo offence at the flick of a switch. We love his tenacity and willingness to do whatever it takes to get his team in a good situation to succeed. Offensively, Tuulola is still rather unpolished, but solid, and the tools are there for him to be a good player if his development continues on pace.
NHL Potential: Middle six power winger