Tarmo Reunanen

Aaron Vickers

Reunanen is an intelligent, offensive-minded rearguard who likes to have the puck on his stick and control the offensive tempo of the game. He moves the puck smoothly, showing above-average passing, vision and poise with the puck. He can unleash some pretty good wrist shots from the point for deflections or a dangerous bomb of a slap shot on net. Reunanen transitions the puck quickly and likes to join the attack as a trailing option. He has decent agility, speed and quickness in his feet, but lacks explosiveness, something that will likely improve with added leg strength. His defensive game has some areas that are strong and need improvement, but he does read the play well and knows where he needs to be on the ice. He battles in the corners and will drop down in front of shots to block them. Reunanen can be overly aggressive physically and be drawn into taking bad penalties. Or, he can be the exact opposite and play soft in the defensive zone at times, waving his stick at the puck carrier, but not being strong enough to keep the attacker to the outside. Some consistency in his defensive efforts and play would go a long way. Reunanen had a rough season this year as injury kept him on the shelf for much of it. Although we saw him a few times the previous year, we were only able to view him in the Ivan Hlinka games and in just one contest with TPS this season; each time though we liked him as a skilled puck-mover.  (May 2016)