EDMONTON, AB - There's typically a couple of fresh faces every Oilers Development Camp, and this year, Patrik Siikanen is one of them.
The Oilers 2018 seventh-round selection has been playing in Finland and paid a visit to Edmonton for this year's camp.
"I'm a big strong forward who likes to stay on the puck in the offensive zone and I like to score goals," Siikanen told EdmontonOilers.com.
Siikanen was selected 195th-overall in 2018 but was unable to make it to Dev Camp. That's not the case this time around as the Finn is soaking it all up, meeting fellow Oilers prospects and developing under the guidance of the franchise.
"It's been great," said the 6-foot-0, 198-pounder. "When I got here I didn't know anybody. It's been nice to meet the other guys."
Suiting up for the Blues U20 of Jr. A SM-Liiga the past two seasons, Siikanen finished '18-19 third on his team in scoring with 17 goals, 22 assists and 39 points in 41 matches - playing 17 more games than the season previous and scoring 22 more points.
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The forward is expected to dress for JYP of Liiga next year and thinks he'll be ready by rounding out a few areas of his game. Mainly, skating and defence.
"Skating is my biggest weak point," Siikanen said. "I got to improve that a lot."
Oilers Skating Coach David Pelletier - an Olympic gold medalist as a pairs figure skater - is a good resource in that regard. He's been been putting Oilers prospects through some difficult drills and Siikanen is learning how "quick your feet need to be," in today's game.
"I'm impressed with how good of a skater he is," Siikanen added of Pelletier.
The 19-year-old has experience with the Finnish National U20 Team and commented on the state of Finnish hockey. Finland won the 2019 World Junior Championship then defeated Canada to earn gold at the 2019 World Championship.
"Finnish hockey is improving all the time," he said. "It comes from the hard work the coaches and staff do there. We got to improve all the time and they know that.
"They say, 'We play as a team, win as a team and lose as a team."