Hannes Bjorninen


Lahti Finland



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Eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft


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2010-11: Hannes Bjorninen played in one game for the Pelicans Lahti U18 team in Finland as a 15-year-old and and was a team captain for the Pelicans U16 team. He had no points nor penalties with the U18 squad. Bjorninen scored 13 goals with 16 assists and had 45 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Pelicans U16 team.

2011-12: Bjorninen skated for Pelicans Lahti in the top U18 league in Finland and had six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in two games for the Lahti second U18 team. He scored 7 goals with 11 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 38 games. Pelicans missed the playoffs; finishing 11th in the 12 team league.

2012-13: Bjorninen was an assistant captain for the Pelicans Lahti U20 team and scored at a point-per-game pace for the Pelicans U18 squad. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was minus-7 with 30 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Lahti U20 squad. In 14 games for the Lahti U18 team he scored 4 goals with 10 assists and 8 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Bjorninen established himself as a legitimate pro prospect in his second season with the Lahti Pelicans U20 team as the squad reached the Finland A junior bronze medal game. He was a team captain for the squad and in 48 regular season games scored 16 goals with 35 assists; finishing +7 with 30 penalty minutes. Bjorninen scored 4 goals with 7 assists in 12 playoff games and was +4 with 10 penalty minutes. Not among the international skaters in the CSS mid-term rankings, he was ranked 40th in the final rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.


Talent Analysis

Bjorninen has quietly emerged as one of the better forward prospects coming out of Finland despite limited fanfare. Not flashy or dominant in any one particular area, he has the size and strength to compete in all three zones and skates well for a player his size. He is not a natural goal scorer but is a team leader.



Overshadowed by many of the highly-skilled offensive players in his age group, even in his own club, Bjorninen plays a sound two-way game and his size and skating have made him an intriguing prospect. In the short term, he will look to crack the Pelicans' men's team lineup as early as 2014-15. Long-term he projects as a sound two-way forward capable of contributing secondary scoring while playing in any situation.


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by Tony Piscotta

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Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen, sone of former NHL forward Sami Kapanen, is one of several 2014 NHL Draft prospects to have NHL bloodlines (courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The 2014 NHL Draft figures to be an interesting one when it comes to players being selected out of Finland. The general consensus on the draft as a whole is that the talent pool drops off significantly after the first handful of prospects with the next group all very similar with little separating them. The same can be said of the prospects coming out of Finland this year.

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