Juha-Pekka Ketola

Hometown:

Rauma Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1983-01-21

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2001

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2001 Draft 9th rd 287 selection

Weight:

178 lbs.

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History

2000-01: In 41 games with his club team, Ketola the team captain — notched six goals and 16 points along with 34 penalty minutes. He played for Finland’s entry at the 2001 Under-18 World Championships, notching a goal and three points. At the time he was drafted he was ranked 59th among CSB European Prospects. Ketola was on the roster for the Finnish junior squad that played in a tournament in Lake Placid, which gave the Islanders a chance to get a first-hand viewing of Ketola’s development after the Finnish forward was the 18th player chosen in 2001 Canadian Hockey League import draft.

2001-02: Came to North America and played for Castors of the QMJHL. Was the teams leading freshman scorer, with eight goals and 27 assists in 67 games, but was also minus twenty five. Sherbrooke did not qualify for the post-season.

2002-03: Returned to Lukko Rauma jr for the 2002-03 season and was sent to Jotkat of Uusikaupunki after a slow start because of an injury, did have two goals and 14 points with Lukko.

Talent Analysis
He is a checking center with great character and work ethic. Has some degree of offensive skills but his game is more on the defensive side. Good on face-offs and is a fine penalty killer and was the Lukko team captain. Ketola is listed as a "heart and soul" type of player.
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