Left Wing/Right Wing
Height: 5’10″/ Weight: 165 lbs.
Size/Strength Below Average
Physical Play Below Average
Offensive Play Great
Defensive Play Below Average
Hockey Sense Excellent
1. Tuomaala has very good speed and overall skating; he uses that skillset well, often flying through the neutral zone with the puck.
2. Reads the game very well and more often than not chooses the right play.
3. His release is among the best in this draft class, and he can fire powerful and accurate shots that can beat goalies from distance.
Area’s for Improvement
1. Needs to be a more well rounded player on both sides of the puck, especially on the defense
2. Could become a better playmaker
After tallying 10 goals and 21 points in 22 games with the Karpat U20 team, Samu Tuomaala was promoted to play for Karpat in Liiga. Although he has yet to register a point in 4 games, he has shown flashes of his potential. Tuomaala has great speed and skill; this quickness helps make up for the 5-foot-10 frame. He has the ability to get top speed in a limited amount of time, which is a crucial element in his game. Tuomaala can take the puck in his own end and create controlled zone exits and entries. His shot is his biggest weapon; whether from a catch-and-release stance or in transition, he has a terrific shot. Tuomaala has a lethal one-timer, which gives him serious power play upside. Tuomaala is an exciting offensive winger who owns a deadly shot. His release is among the best in this draft class, and he can beat goalies just about anywhere in the offensive zone. Tuomaala has the unique ability to slow the game down when the puck is on his stick. He can weave his way in and out of traffic and create plays for his teammates out of nowhere. Samu Tuomaala has immense potential as a goal scorer at the NHL level, which is why he should be a late 1st round pick.
An exciting offensive winger who has great speed and skill, and owns a deadly shot.
Style Comparison: Alex DeBrincat
NHL Potential: Top 6 Goal Scoring Winger
|2018-19||Karpat U18||U18 SM-sarja||41||24||56|
|2019-20||Karpat U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||40||15||23|
|2020-21||Karpat U20||U20 SM-sarja||22||10||21|