2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings — The Fence Sitters: Teemu Kivihalme

Name: Teemu Kivihalme 
Position: LHD
Physical: Height: 6’0″ / 183 cm, Weight: 181 lbs / 82 kg
TLN Top-20 Ranking From Last Year: N/A
Acquired: Signed as unrestricted free agent in 2019 (Drafted in 2013 by Nashville Predators Round 5 #140)
Kivihalme is an American-born Finnish international player who developed through the USHL and NCAA systems in the United States. While a much older player than most of the people in this ranking, he technically still would qualify for the Calder Memorial Trophy, and thus he technically qualifies as a prospect by our own definition.
Toronto picked up Kivihalme this offseason immediately after the season ended. He most recently played in the Finnish Elite League, called ‘Liiga’, for Oulun Kärpät.

His college career was a bit stunted in terms of development, and it was during this time that Nashville decided that he wasn’t worth an entry level contract. Over three years in the NCAA, he played 107 games and only scored 36 points. worth 0.34 points per game. He played for a very disappointing Colorado College team, that managed only 20 wins in 109 games in the NCAA D1, which couldn’t have helped things at all, but given that Hurricanes star defender Jaccob Slavin came from the …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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