With nearly 150 days until Kyle Davidson and the Chicago Blackhawks make their 1st round selection(s), it's important to note that all of these prospect profile articles will be updated as their junior / professional seasons come to a close. There is however a need to quickly familiarize, as a Blackhawks fan, ones self with some of the truly standout draft eligible players that may be on Chicago's radar at the moment.
Thus far, Blackhawk Up has looked at prospects such as Cayden Lindstrom, Artyom Levshunov, Sam Dickinson, Berkly Catton and Ivan Demidov. Today, let's take a closer look at Finish forward Konsta Helenius.
Helenius is a 5'11 181lb RW out of Ylojarvi, Finland that recently played for Team Finland at the World Juniors and plays in Liiga for Jukurit. Young for the class (will turn 18 in the month before the draft), Helenius has produced at a remarkable rate in Liiga with 28 points in 37 games (9g, 19a) as a 17 year old. This is quite the jump from his D-2 year in which he was just at a .33 ppg pace.
Helenius is playing with a talented group of forwards for the 2nd rated team (to Ilves) and has helped lead them (while on loan) to 26 wins (tied for 1st) thus far. The shifty and skilled winger has always been on NHL executives' lists, however it does seem that he is now firmly in consideration for a top 10 selection in June's NHL Entry Draft.
How did Konsta Helenius do at World Juniors?