Joni Tuulola

Aaron Vickers

Tuulola is a two-way defenseman with good vision and puck-moving abilities. He makes nice reads in the defensive zone with the puck and doesn’t have much trouble there. He plays a very calm game, which you don’t see too much from rookies, especially defensemen. What really stands out to us is his skating, which seems to have improved quite a lot this season. Smooth skater for his size with good transitions and backward skating. Impresses with his passing game and stickhandling ability as well. Obviously, he needs to add some more muscle and improve his physical game, since he tries to defend by using his stick and positioning rather than by playing the body. Although Tuulola has good size, he does not hit or check and lacks any toughness in the corners. Tuulola is calm with the puck, and makes some good and accurate passes. He also joins the rush and shows an ability to deke defenders and protect the puck. Tuulola has quick and heavy point shots, but his accuracy could be better. He does a decent job on the power play, distributing the puck and creating chances with a nice side step before getting off his shot under pressure. (May 2014)