Julius Nattinen
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Julius Nattinen

Hometown:

Jyvaskyla Finland

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-01-14

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (59th Overall), 2015

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Julius Nattinen played for the JyP U18 team as a 15-year-old, skating in nine games, and was among the leading scorers for the club’s U16 squad. He scored 3 assists with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in U18 play.

2012-13: Nattinen split the season between the JyP U20 and U18 teams and played for the Finland U17 team at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge. In 29 games, including five playoff games, he scored 6 goals with 10 assists and was -7 with 8 penalty minutes with the JyP U20 team. Nattinen scored 16 goals with 11 assists and 8 penalty minutes for the JyP U18 team. In five games at the World Hockey Challenge he scored one goal with no penalties.

2013-14: Nattinen made his pro hockey debut — skating in one game with JyP Jyvaskyla in Liiga — and was the fourth-leading scorer for the club’s U20 team. He played for Finland’s U17 team, scoring 7 goals with 19 assists and finishing +9 with 8 penalty minutes. Nattinen had no points with 2 penalty minutes in his lone Liiga game. He scored 5 goals with 22 assists and was -4 with 14 penalty minutes in 32 U20 games.

2014-15: Nattinen played at the men’s level in Finland as a 17-year-old and played for the Finland U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial and World Junior Championship tournaments. He appeared in nine Liiga games with JyP, recording three assists. He played 39 regular season games for JyP-Akatemia in Mestis, scoring 11 goals with 18 assists, and was +9 with 8 penalty minutes. He was scoreless in six Mestis playoff games and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes. Nattinen was an assistant captain at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, scoring 1 goal with 6 assists and finishing +1. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes at the WJC in Switzerland as Finland reached the gold medal game, falling 2-1 to the USA. Nattinen was invited to the 2015 NHL Prospect Combine and is ranked 15th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Anaheim in the second round (59th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft and signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Ducks in July 2015. 

Talent Analysis

Nattinen is a big, skating centerman who plays a responsible game in all parts of the ice and uses his size and skill to advantage. A cerebral player, he is very good at winning face-offs and is conscientious in supporting the puck. Nattinen is not a pure scorer though he does have a hard, accurate shot. He can contribute on both special teams.

Future

Nattinen is enjoying a season to remember in 2015-16 — signing an entry-level contract in July before joining the OHL's Barrie Colts and then returning home to Finland to skate for the gold medal-winning U20 squad in Helsinki. He is the third-leading scorer for the Colts despite missing 12 games and is one of the team's best face-off centermen. Nattinen's only goal of the World Juniors came against Barrie teammate Mackenzie Blackwood (NJD) in Finland's win over Canada in the quarterfinals. He also had two assists in the tournament and was a valuable two-way presence. In terms of his NHL potential, Nattinen projects as a sound, reliable center who plays well in all three zones.

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