2008-09: After being overlooked in his first year of draft eligibility last June, Blomqvist led all scorers in SM-Liiga A Juniors with forty goals during the regular season. He proved that was no fluke by adding eight more to go along with eight assists in Espoo’s 10-game run to the A championship. While some of the credit for his scoring exploits goes to playing with a talented group of forwards, his natural scoring ability cannot be discounted. Blomqvist also saw time in six games with the men’s league team (no points, two PMs) as well as four games with Finland’s World Junior squad during their exhibition schedule in Mestis (one goal).
Blomqvist is first and foremost a pure goal scorer – with a knack for recognizing offensive spaces and an innate sense of timing that allows him to arrive in those spaces at just the right time. He is also a determined finisher despite his relatively small size who will take a hit to score a goal. The biggest challenge for Blomqvist, besides his small stature, is his need to develop his games at both end of the ice – and to become more consistent in competing for pucks in small spaces and along the walls. He has a very accurate wrist/snap shot to go along with considerable passing and pass receiving skills. At just 5’8”, 163, his small stature is no doubt the biggest concern for scouts. His scoring ability is not in question.