Joonas Nattinen
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Joonas Nattinen

Hometown:

Jamsa Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1991-01-03

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (65th overall), 2009

Weight:

199 lbs.

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History

2006-07: Joonas Nattinen scored 10 goals with 25 assists in 30 games with JYP U18 (Jr. B SM-sarja).

2007-08: Nattinen played most of his hockey with JYP U18 (Jr. B SM-sarja) netting 14 goals and 48 points in 34 games. He also tallied a pair of goals and as many assists in six games with Team Finland at the WJC-18.

2008-09: Nattinen played for several teams this season, spending the majority of it with the Blues U20 and seniors squads. In 30 games with the U20 team, he tallied nine goals and 38 points, but failed to register any points in 14 games with the top Blues club in the SM-Liiga. He also skated with the Finnish U18 and U20 teams in their respective WJC’s; he won the Bronze Medal with the U18 squad, scoring a goal and four points in the process. Expect to see him back with the Blue next season.

2009-10: Nattinen would return to the Blues for a sophomore season in SM-Liiga. In 23 games, he would add 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes.

2010-11: One of the top forwards for Finland’s national junior teams the past few years, Nattinen had a tough season as a 19-year-old making the transition from the junior level to the SM-Liiga. He was slowed by the effects of an achilles injury and saw limited time in eleven games with his own Espoo Blues club and finished the season on loan to HPK. In 21 regular season SM-Liiga games he had 2 assists and was -8 with 12 PMs. He had an assist and was +1 in one playoff game for HPK. Nattinen also represented Finland at the 2011 World Junior U-20 Championships, scoring 3 goals in six games. Nattinen signed a three-year entry level contract with the Canadiens in May 2011.

2011-12: Nattinen bounced throughout the Bulldogs’ line-up and at times was a healthy scratch in his rookie AHL season. He started to adjust to the North American style of play and saw more responsibilities by the season’s end. He improved his overall game, scoring ten goals (three on the power play) along with 11 assists and a solid minus three rating in 63 games on an offensively challenged Hamilton team.

2012-13: Nattinen played 24 games for Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton in his second pro season in North America; suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in December 2012. He scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was +6 with 8 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the North Division.

2013-14: Nattinen made his NHL debut in a January 18th game at Toronto, skating two shifts for the Canadiens in the first period of a 5-3 loss to Toronto. He played 68 games for the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs in his third season in North America. Nattinen scored 8 goals with 7 assists and was -4 with 22 penalty minutes for the Bulldogs. Hamilton missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fifth in the North Division. Nattinen signed a contract to play for MODO in Sweden in 2015-16 in June  2014. He was tendered a qualifying offer by Montreal, who retain his NHL rights. 

2014-15: Nattinen was one of two players to skate in all 55 games for MODO along with defenseman Oscar Hedman in his first SHL season. He scored 7 goals with 11 assists and was -12 with 38 penalty minutes. MODO finished last in the 12-team league, avoiding relegation by sweeping Vita Hasten in a best-of-seven Kval series. Nattinen was +3 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in the four-game series.

Talent Analysis

Nattinen is a good defensive-minded center that controls the play down-low, in his own end. He uses his stick-work to break up opportunities, and is excellent at reading the play and forcing turnovers. His skating is good at the level he plays at, and while he is not the most explosive, he is agile enough to be elusive in the neutral zone. His scoring hasn't exactly caught up and there is some concern that this aspect of his game will not develop, especially at this stage in his career. He does not use his frame to engage in battles physically, although he is hard to knock off the puck once he has control of it.

Future

Nattinen is under contract with JYP Jyväskylä for the next two seasons. The Canadiens own his rights until 2018.

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