World Juniors: Finland Selection Camp Roster Named

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MONTREAL, QC - DECEMBER 26: Miro Heiskanen #2 of Team Finland skates during the IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary round game against Team Czech Republic at the Bell Centre on December 26, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Team Czech Republic defeated Team Finland 2-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The 2018 World Junior Championships are right around the corner. Countries are starting to pick their teams. 16 forwards, nine defencemen and three goaltenders were named to the Team Finland Selection Camp Roster for the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships today. The 28-man selection camp roster will eventually need to be whittled down to a 23-man final roster, likely 13 forwards, seven defenceman and three goaltenders.

This team should have a strong defence. Some of the more recognizable names on the blueline include Vancouver Canucks prospect Olli Juolevi, Dallas Stars prospect Miro Heiskanen, Boston Bruins prospect Urho Vaakanainen, and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Henri Jokiharju.

Upfront, the Finns have Carolina Hurricanes forward Janne KuokkanenFlorida Panthers prospect Aleksi HeponiemiWinnipeg Jets prospect Kristian Vesalainen, Nashville Predators prospect Eeli TolvanenMontreal Canadiens prospect Joni Ikonen and 2018 draft eligible Rasmus Kupari in training camp.

Finland is looking to get over their ninth-place result in last year’s tournament. However, they won this tournament in 2016. They also won the Under-18 World Championship in 2016. The majority of the 2016 U-18 team will be part of this year’s World Junior Team. Finland plays their first tournament game on December 26th, against Canada, in Buffalo, New York.

World Juniors: Finland Selection Camp Roster Named

Goalkeepers:
1 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, HPK Hämeenlinna
30 Lassi Lehtinen, Lukko Rauma
31 Niilo Halonen, HIFK Helsinki

Defenders:
2 Miro Heiskanen, HIFK Helsinki
4 Robin Salo, Sport Vaasa
5 Eemeli Räsänen, Kingston Frontenacs OHL
6 Juuso Välimäki, Tri-City Americans WHL
7 Olli Juolevi, TPS Turku
23 Urho Vaakanainen, SaiPa Lappeenranta
25 Roope Laavainen, HPK Hämeenlinna
28 Henri Jokiharju, Portland Winterhawks WHL
36 Kasper Kotkansalo, Boston University NCAA

Forwards:
3 Juha Jääskä, HIFK Helsinki
9 Janne Kuokkanen, Carolina Hurricanes NHL
10 Jerry Turkulainen, JYP Jyväskylä
12 Otto Koivula, Ilves Tampere
13 Kristian Vesalainen, HPK Hämeenlinna
15 Joona Koppanen, Ilves Tampere
18 Sami Moilanen, Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
19 Eetu Tuulola, HPK Hämeenlinna
20 Eeli Tolvanen, Jokerit Helsinki
21 Markus Nurmi, TPS Turku
22 Aapeli Räsänen, Boston College NCAA
27 Joni Ikonen, KalPa Kuopio
29 Eetu Luostarinen, KalPa Kuopio
32 Aleksi Heponiemi, Swift Current Broncos WHL
33 Jere Innala, HPK Hämeenlinna
34 Rasmus Kupari, Kärpät Oulu

 

MONTREAL, QC – DECEMBER 26: Miro Heiskanen #2 of Team Finland skates during the IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary round game against Team Czech Republic at the Bell Centre on December 26, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Team Czech Republic defeated Team Finland 2-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

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