Otto Makinen

Hometown:

Tampere Finland

Team:

Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1998-05-21

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2016

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Weight:

180 lbs.

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History

2013-14: Otto Makinen skated in 15 games for the Tappara Tampere U20 team as a 15-year-old and was the third-leading scorer for the club’s U18 team. He also played for the Finland U16 team, finishing with 4 goals and 6 assists in 11 games. Makinen scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 6 penalty minutes playing with the Tappara U20 team. He scored 12 goals with 14 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 32 regular season U18 games for fifth-place Tampere and scored 2 goals with 1 assist in three playoff games. 

2014-15: Makinen skated in one game with Tappara Tampere during the Champions League tournament, scoring a goal in his only appearance. He played 38 games with Tappara’s U20 team and represented Finland in three tournaments — the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the U17 World Hockey Challenge and Europe Youth Olympic Festival. He scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was +3 with 18 penalty minutes in U20 play for a Tappara team that finished 12th, missing the playoffs. He had no points nor penalties in four games at the Ivan Hlinka Tourament and scored 4 goals with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes in nine games for the Finland U17 team at the two tournaments. 

2015-16: Makinen skated in his second Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to the Tappara U20 team and was part of Finland’s gold medal-winning U18 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Skating in 47 regular season games for Tappara, he scored 11 goals with 19 assists and was +7 with 27 penalty minutes. He had 2 assists and was +1 in the three game playoff series with KalPa. Makinen led Finland with 4 goals and was +4 with 1 assist at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC in Grand Forks. Finland defeated Sweden, 6-1, in the gold medal game. Makinen was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine and was ranked 13th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2016 NHL Draft.

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