2008-09: Karmeniemi enjoyed a successful debut at the A Junior level, frequently using his skills and ability to read the play to create transition opportunities for the HPK forwards. He also did well in international play – representing Finland at the Under-18 level at both the Five Nations tournament and World championships. He developed into of the better offensive defensemen at the A junior level (4-12-16 in 40 games) and, while not putting up big numbers in Grand Forks with the national team, played a key role on defense for the bronze medal winning squad. While a bit light for a prototypical defenseman, he is still growing and should get stronger as he fills out his 5’10” frame.
Not yet heavy or strong enough to compete on the men’s level, Karmeniemi is a skilled defender with a strong understanding of the game. Like the other members of the Under-18 team this past winter, the strength of his game is in making quick decisions, using his speed to counter attack, and sound passing and technical skills. In his first full season at the A junior level, Karmeniemi displayed an ability to use positioning and anticipation to be an effective defender in his own end. In transition and attacking situations, he is very good at getting to open areas or supporting the play. Also shows a willingness to play a physical game despite his lack of bulk.