Juho Lammikko
Image: Assat

Juho Lammikko

Hometown:

Noormarkku Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-01-29

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (65th overall), 2014

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2011-12: Juho Lammikko appeared in two games with Assat Pori’s U20 team in Finland as a 16-year-old and was the leading scorer for the club’s U16 squad. He had 1 assist in two games with the Assat U20 team and also had an assist in two games with the club’s U18 squad. Lammikko led all players in Finland’s U16 Division 1 with 52 goals in 26 regular season games and had 51 assists and 40 penalty minutes. In five qualifier games he scored 7 goals with 8 assists. In the Division 1 playoffs he finished with 11 goals and 15 assists and had 9 penalty minutes in nine games. Lammikko played four games for Finland’s U16 team and was +3 with 2 assists.

2012-13: Lammikko skated in 15 games for Assat’s U20 team and was the top scorer for he club’s U18 team. He represented Finland in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Lammikko had 1 assist with 10 penalty minutes and was -4 for the Assat U20 squad; which missed the playoffs after finishing 13th in the 16-team league. Lammikko scored 21 goals with 32 assists and had 22 penalty minutes in 31 regular season games for Assat’s U18 team. In nine playoff games he scored 5 goals with 6 assists and 12 penalty minutes. Lammikko had 6 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five games at the WHC.

2013-14: Lammikko represented Finland in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before returning to Assat — splitting the season between the men’s team and the U20 squad — and finished the season with the Finland U18 team at the 2014 World Juniors. Making  his Liiga debut in September as a 17-year-old, he had 1 assist and was -4, averaging under eight minutes of ice time in 20 games. Lammikko scored 17 goals with 25 assists and was +24 with 32 penalty minutes in 37 A juniors regular season games and had 3 goals with 5 assists while finishing -6 with 28 points in 11 playoff games as the squad won  the bronze medal. Lammikko scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in four games at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament and scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the WJC. Lammikko was ranked 14th amongst European skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected in the third round (65th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Lammikko is frequently compared to 2011 Chicago first-round pick Joel Armia since both are tall, right-handed shots and both are from the same Assat club. Those comparisons are a bit erroneous. More of a late bloomer than Armia, Lammikko is still developing as a prospect. Dominant offensively at the junior levels, he has yet to put up the numbers that Armia did at the same age for the Assat men's team. At the same time, Lammikko's defensive game with Kingston has been more advanced than Armia's was at the same age. In addition to his obvious physical attributes, the things that have drawn interest from scouts are Lammikko's skating ability, passing skills, and anticipation. Agility and physical strength are areas that will need to continue to develop; not unusual for taller players his age.

Future

Lammikko is skating for the Kingston Frontenacs in the OHL in 2014-15 in his first season in North America. One of the last players cut from the Finland U20 squad prior to the 2015 World Juniors, he has the frame and physical attributes to be an effective two-way forward. Still in the early stages of his development curve, his scoring ability at junior levels suggest he can be an offensive force. However, with the Frontenacs he has shown the willingness and proficiency to shutdown the opposition's top players. Long-term, Lammikko will be challenged to be equally successful against bigger, stronger opponents at the pro level but his play to this point suggests he will be a valuable two way forward one day.

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