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 in Pori. He made his Liiga debut in September and in limited ice-time (averaging 7:22 minutes per game) he had 1 assist and was -2 in his first 13 games. Lammikko has 8 goals with 18 assists and is +15 with 22 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Assat U20 squad. He scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in four games at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Lammikko was ranked 13th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft.
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 unfair at this point. 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 (though in fairness to Lammikko the Assat team on which Armia played was a lot more talented and Armia was almost immediately placed in a top line role).
In addition to his obvious physical attributes, the things that have drawn interest from scouts are his 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.
Juho Lammikko has the frame and physical attributes that he can, at the least, 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, part of his dominance at the junior levels has been due to his size. The challenge for him will to be equally successful against bigger, stronger opponents.