Editor’s note: We are proud to begin our 2021 edition of the Top 25 Under 25 today. Join us as we reveal our selections coming down Edmonton’s pipeline. Thank you to the voters who helped compile the fan vote segment, something that we will continue in years going forward). Thanks to all the contributors to this project. Please enjoy.
Patrik Siikanen is a 21 year old forward from Finland. He was the Oilers’ 7th round pick in the 2018 NHL draft, and he spent the 2020-21 season playing in Finland’s Liiga, for JYP.
In 36 games last year, Siikanen recorded 2 goals and 5 assists. His 7 points were good for 17th in team scoring. He also posted a -11 +/-, and impressively only served one minor penalty all season.
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Siikanen obviously came in 25th in our C&B staff ranking, but the fan vote wasn’t quite as high on him, as they had him at 30th.
There’s not a whole lot to get excited about from a stastistical standpoint regarding Siikanen, at least from the perspective of an Oilers fan. It’s very unlikely that Siikanen will ever play for the big club, his production isn’t, and has never been on the level of a prospect who seems destined for the NHL.
Still, Siikanen’s 6’2’’, 198lb frame, and ability to either play centre or left wing are encouraging. I mean, I’ve also played men’s league with players who meet those requirements, and those guys were nowhere near the NHL, but looking like a professional athlete in jeans and a T-shirt can be the difference between being a 7th round pick, and not being drafted at all.
Siikanen’s most impressive season, as far as production goes, was the year after he was drafted. He recorded 39 points in 41 games, enough for third in team scoring, when he was playing in the Finnish U20 league, at 18 years old. That’s not terrible production for a 7th round pick, especially one who still had another year of U20 eligibility left, but it’s not really future NHLer-type production from a forward.
But, hey, he’s number 25. This guy in this spot rarely sees the show. Hopefully the kid proves me wrong, but he’s probably going to play the bulk of his career in Finland. I’ve never been, but I’m sure it’s a very nice country. Good for him.