The Devils Draft Prospect Series continues today with two more 2017 draft picks! I’ve done six profiles of six other 2017 draft picks already so be sure to check out the “Draft Prospect Series” tag on this blog for those!
(This post is going to be a shorter one…) Today, we turn to Aarne Talvitie, who was selected 160th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry-Level Draft. The 18-year old Finnish center clocks in at 5′ 11″ and 198 pounds. He was ranked #58 among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Talvitie has played his entire career thus far in the Finnish junior hockey system and he’s (verbally) committed to play for Penn State’s hockey program starting with the 2018-19 season. There’s a slight possibility that he’ll play for them this upcoming season as well but the decision hasn’t been made. If he doesn’t, he’ll have just two years of eligibility left.
There isn’t a whole lot to go on for Talvitie. There isn’t any footage on YouTube. Here are some of his stats:
You never really know how a player is going to develop at this young of an age but I like what his numbers show. He’s averaged at least half a point per game for the most part so he’s consistent. He can chip in offensively. I’m sure he has defensive skills as well. I’d like to see his faceoff numbers. I’d like to see him put on some muscle, which won’t be a problem once he starts playing for Penn State. If he does join them this year or even next year, I’ll try to catch a game or two. Big Ten Hockey is fun.
All-in-all, he plays an all-around game and still has plenty of room to improve which is fine because he’s young, and he’ll need a few years to grow and develop. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for him.