After trading the 52nd pick this morning for the acquisition of Matt Murray, pick number 33 became even more crucial for the Senators. With a lot of talent still remaining, the Sens chose Finnish winger Roby Järventie.
Järventie is described as a power forward who can use his size to protect the puck and get to the net. He has been playing in Mestis - the second highest men’s league in Finland. At 6’2” he is expected to be a top-6 forward with strong offensive abilities.
EliteProspects describes him as a scoring winger with good habits
Järventie anticipates play well in the offensive zone. He scores a lot by having a feel for where the puck is going to be next. He can pull off some pretty impressive moves while playing at full-speed, and consistently displays good habits by keeping the puck close to his frame
While Jokke Nevalainen from DobberHockey had the following to say about the Finnish forward:
Järventie has finished his first regular season in Mestis, the second-highest men’s level in Finland. It was an extremely successful rookie season for the 17-year-old as he scored 23 goals and 38 points in 36 games. He averaged 15 minutes of ice time with about two minutes of that coming on the power play. Järventie has been a well-known prospect in Finland for a few years because he has always been one of the top players in his age group in Finland.
Järventie is a modern power forward who uses his great size to protect the puck and drive to the net with the puck on his stick. But he doesn’t play a very physical brand of hockey. He is a goal-scoring winger who owns a great shot and decent playmaking abilities but he is a bit of a one-dimensional threat which is why he projects to become a complementary goal-scorer rather than someone who drives the offense himself.
More to come on this exciting new prospect but, for now, welcome to the Senators, Roby!