Hometown: Noormarkku, Finland
Team: Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
There is usually a presumed adjustment period for any young European player making the jump to North America. The differences in style of play, the size of the ice surface and the acclimation into a new culture are just a few of the factors that are considered when bringing in a player from overseas. For Panthers prospect Juho Lammikko, it’s looked pretty easy.
Without a third round pick in the 2014 draft, the Panthers moved their 2015 third round pick to the New York Islanders for their 2014 third round choice to select Lammikko 64th overall. The Finnish winger was touted for his ability to play a solid two-way game and his hockey IQ. Shortly after being drafted, the 18-year old Noormarkku, Finland native committed to playing in North America. Lammikko was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) at the 2014 CHL Import Draft.
In Lammikko’s OHL debut he notched three points (1-2—3) and since has recorded 19 points (7-12—19) in 29 games. In the month of November, Lammikko recorded 11 points (3-8—11) in 12 games and has steadily improved his offensive play with Kingston.
Adjusting well to the North American game, Lammikko’s offensive numbers don’t tell the complete story. Lammikko is the kind of player who does the little things right, he’s the type of player who can play the defensive side of the game just as well as the offensive side. A plus-19 player, Lammikko has only finished two games this season with a minus rating.
Recently Lammikko was named to Team Finland’s preliminary roster for the 2015 World Junior Championship in Montreal/Toronto. Finland is the reigning World Junior Champions after defeating Sweden, the host team 3-2 in overtime in 2014.
The young winger may be a few years removed from the NHL but is playing the type of well-rounded game any team would want to have in a player. Responsible at both ends of the ice, this youngster will fly under the radar in the OHL but could prove to be one of Kingston’s most effective players this season.
Aleksander Barkov interviews Juho Lammikko at Development Camp
Juho Lammikko is drafted 65th Overall