Alex Lintuniemi
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Alex Lintuniemi

Hometown:

Helsinki Finland

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-09-23

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

2nd round (60th overall), 2014

Weight:

227 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Alex Lintuniemi played 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki as a 15-year-old and appeared in seven games with the Finland U16 team. He scored 3 goals with 12 assists and had 8 penalty minutes in B juniors play. Lintuniemi had no points and 4 penalty minutes with the Finland U16 squad.

 

2011-12: Lintuniemi moved from HIFK to cross-town rival Jokerit — appearing in three games with the club’s U20 team and winning a B junior championship with the U18 team. He was +1 with 1 assist with the Jokerit U20 team. Lintuniemi scored 4 goals with 17 assists and had 24 penalty minutes in 37 games for the Jokerit B junior team during the regular season and scored 2 goals with 5 assists and 8 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.

 

2012-13: Lintuniemi made his pro hockey debut — playing with Kiekko-Vantaa in Mestis — and was a team captain for the Jokerit U20 team as a 17-year-old. He also skated for the Jokerit U18 team in the B juniors playoffs and represented Finland in the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. He was minus-3 with 1 goal, 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes in 11 Mestis games. Lintuniemi scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was minus-6 with 76 penalty minutes in 38 games for the Jokerit A junior team. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and 6 penalty minutes in 10 games during the B juniors playoffs and was +3 with 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes in seven games as Finland won a bronze medal at the WJC. Lintuniemi was the second player taken in the 2013 CHL Import Draft when he was selected by the Ottawa 67’s.

 

2013-14: Lintuniemi was one of three players to skate in all 68 games for the Ottawa 67s in his first season in the Ontario Hockey League. He scored 4 goals with 17 assists and had 26 penalty minutes while finishing minus-38 on a team that finished last in the OHL’s East Division. Ranked 187th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, Lintuniemi was selected by Los Angeles in the second round (60th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Lintuniemi is a huge defensemen who likes to play a physical game. While his skating could still stand to improve, he has above average stick handling and passing skills. Lintuniemi is sometimes inconsistent in his own end, preferring to go for a big hit rather than a safe ride out, but his decision process should improve as he gains experience. In his second year of junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's he has been more active on the offensive end. While nothing really jumps out about his game other than his large frame, Lintuniemi's aptitude in several areas compares favorably with other defensemen his age.

Future

Lintuniemi is in his second season with the OHL's Ottawa 67s in 2014-15 and played for the Finland U20 team at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Drafted due to his NHL size and aggressive attitude, he is still a work in progress in terms of positional play. Lintuniemi's foot speed and quickness could also be issues as he moves up to the pro level. Long-term he projects as a punishing, shutdown defender. He will likely need some time at the minor pro level to reach that potential.

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