Roope Hintz

Hometown:

Tampere, Finland

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-11-17

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd Round (49th Overall), 2015

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Roope Hintz played 18 games with the Ilves Tampere U18 team as a 15-year-old — splitting the year between the U18 and U16 levels — and played for the Finland U16 team. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and 2 penalties playing for the Ilves U18 squad. Hintz scored 8 goals with 9 assists and was +11 with 4 penalty minutes in 13 games for the Finland U16 team.

2012-13: Hintz moved to North America to start the season, skating for the Tampa Bay Juniors in the Empire Junior Hockey League’s South Division and then joining the North American Hockey League’s Bismarck Bobcats for two games in December before returning to Finland. Hintz had no points nor penalties in his brief time with the Bobcats. He scored 20 goals with 15 assists in 20 games for Tampa Bay. In nine games with the Ilves U18 team he scored 4 goals with 9 assists and no penalties.

2013-14: Hintz made his debut in Finland’s Liiga — skating in seven games and finishing -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes for Ilves Tampere — and was the fourth-leading scorer for the club’s U20 team despite skating in just 29 of 48 games. He scored 18 goals with 20 assists and was +4 with 16 penalty minutes for sixth-place Ilves in A Juniors play. Hintz had no points and was -1 in the club’s five-game playoff series against Assat. Hintz joined the Ilves U18 team for the playoffs, scoring 3 goals with 6 assists in seven games.

2014-15: Hintz played 42 regular season games and two playoff contests for Ilves in his first season in Liiga and skated for the Finland U20 team at the 2015 World Juniors. He scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was +8 with 10 penalty minutes during the regular season, averaging 13 minutes of ice time per game. Ilves finished 10th, securing the final playoff spot, and was swept by HIFK in a best-of-three preliminary series. Hintz had no points nor penalties with an even plus/minus, averaging almost 17 minutes of ice time in the series. He had 2 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in five games for the Finland U20 team. He was selected by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the third round (72nd overall) in the 2015 KHL Draft. Hintz was invited to the NHL Prospect Combine and was ranked 14th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Dallas in the second round (49th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Hintz is a big forward with extreme hockey sense that is rare for a player his age. He is a versatile, deliberate and proactive center. There is little wasted energy with him and every stride has a purpose. In terms of his offensive ability, Hintz has good vision and a surprisingly quick release.

Future

Hintz missed the start of the 2015-16 season due to a back injury suffered while training over the summer. Making his season debut with HIFK Helsinki in Liiga in November, he has been effective as a second line center in his first year with the club. The 19-year-old was also part of Finland's gold medal U20 team that hosted the 2016 World Juniors. How much his offensive game develops will determine where he climbs to in his career, but the floor seems very high for him given his multitude of skills.

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