(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Vili Saarijarvi, Finland

By Chapin Landvogt
Vili Saarijarvi - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland defenseman Vili Saarijarvi played for the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers in 2014-15 season, scoring six goals and 23 points in 57 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

 

 

Team Finland has had a successful start to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship taking place in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland. The Finns have won their first three games of the tournament, and are currently tied with Canada for the top spot in Group B. The two countries will square off Tuesday to determine which one will enter the playoff round as that group’s top squad.

The main cog in the Finnish offense at the U18 has been diminutive defenseman, Vili Saarijarvi. Saarijarvi, who played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL in the 2014-15 season, is currently tied for the lead in tournament scoring with eight points (3G, 5A) in Finland’s three games. That total includes two 3-point games, in the opener versus the Czech Republic, and in their most recent game against Latvia.

Saarijarvi is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft but is not ranked in NHL Central Scouting’s final draft rankings.

Hockey’s Future caught up with Saarijarvi following Finland’s win over the Czech Republic, a conversation that is featured in this HF video.

A video of Saarijarvi’s first USHL goal – an overtime winner – can be viewed below.

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