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All About Aapeli Rasanen

Drafted as a late round pick in 2016, Aepeli Rasanen is a prospect that has flown under the radar a little bit with Oilers fans, but one that is still worth noting. While still a long-term project, there is potential for Rasanen to develop into a two-way center provided that he continues to work on his game while also making the most of his time with Boston College. Rasanan just wrapped up his first season with Boston College, where he put up four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 32 games played. Heading into his sophomore season, one would expect that he will earn more minutes and a larger role with his college team, and it will be very interesting to see how he handles the challenge. 

Position: Centre — Shoots: Right
Born: June 1st, 1998 — City: Tampere, Finland
Height: 6 feet 0 inches — Weight: 208 lbs [183 cm/94 kg]
Drafted: 153rd overall (6th Round) in the 2016 NHL Draft
College Team: Boston College — League: NCAA

NEWS AND SCOUTING REPORTS

Earlier in the summer, Dustin Nielson included Rasanen in his Top 15 Edmonton Oilers prospects:

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There is no rush for Rasanen. He just wrapped up his first season at Boston College finishing with 16 points in 32 games. He’s become a big part of the Finnish National Program and has managed to contribute offensively at the international level. Rasanen will likely get two more years in college before the Oilers even consider giving him a pro look.

Over at Dobber Prospects, Jameson Ewasiuk looked at Rasanen’s 2018 season:

Last season, his first at Boston College, Räsänen performed well and recorded four goals and 16 points in 32 games. He also had a solid performance at the WJC with four goals in five games. He has been a consistent performer at an international tournament the past couple years and is improving his offensive consistency in season play. The Oilers are going to patient with young Finnish forward and there is still plenty of time for him to keep improving as he just turned 20 in June.

Before he was drafted by the Oilers, HockeyProspect.com looked at Rasanen’s overall potential:

Rasanen is a hard-working right-shot two-way center who plays a sound game in the defensive zone and doesn’t mind sacrificing his body to make plays, as he is willing to engage in one and one battles. He’s got an active defensive stick, can cause turnovers and is a quite good penalty killer. Rasanen’s skating is only average, he can bring the puck up ice and has good enough vision to make plays. His puck skills are just OK and despite the improvement in his offensive game it is more realistic to project him as a checking forward at the next level, as he lacks a dynamic element to his game.

PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS

  • Ranked #135 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
  • Ranked #59 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
  • Ranked #157 by ISS HOCKEY
  • Ranked #93 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
  • Ranked #21 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)

VIDEO AND HIGHLIGHTS

Once again, Edmonton Future Watch put together a wonderful compilation of Rasanen’s highlights from his 2017-18 season at Boston College:

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Here is a nice look at Rasanen’s work at the 2016 U18 tournament:

A very nice goal by Rasanen for Boston College from this past season:

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SEASON STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/- PGP G A TP PIM +/-
2011-12 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 6 4 6 10 6
Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 12 5 3 8 4 11 4 0 4 14
2012-13 Tappara U16 “C” Jr. C SM-sarja Q 5 5 8 13 4
Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 11 5 6 11 34
Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 17 4 3 7 8 3 1 0 1 0
2013-14 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 1 3 4 0
Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 2 1 3 4 2
Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 36 16 21 37 54 3 1 1 2 4
Finland U16 (all) “C” International-Jr 11 3 2 5 10 4
2014-15 Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 41 5 7 12 22 -5
Finland U17 WHC-17 6 0 4 4 4
Finland U17 (all) “C” International-Jr 24 7 12 19 28 0
2015-16 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 3 2
Tappara U20 “A” Jr. A SM-liiga 50 19 19 38 26 17 3 1 0 1 0 -1
Finland U18 WJC-18 7 3 6 9 12 8
2016-17 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 38 7 18 25 30 21 13 2 2 4 12 3
Finland U20 WJC-20 6 2 4 6 2 -1
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 16 5 5 10 18 -1
2017-18 Boston College NCAA 32 4 12 16 45 7
Finland U20 WJC-20 5 4 0 4 4 1
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 11 4 3 7 14

TEAM STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-
2010-11 Finland Selects U13 QC Int PW 4 2 8 10 0
2014-15 Finland U17 EYOF 3 5 5 10 2 10
2015-16 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 3 3 2 -2

Stats provided by Elite Prospects

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    • OriginalPouzar

      Not even close, they have a couple more years – he just played his first year of college, they don’t need to sign him until he’s done with college – in fact, he can’t’ sign or else he loses his college eligibility (he can’t even come to main camp without losing eligibility).

  • TruthHurts98

    PC and Keith Gretzky have done a good job drafting so far. Now I hope the Oilers’ management stops the trend of trading away players too soon and lets them develop. The prospects in the system are finally getting better slowly. Thanks for the article, enjoyed the update in this LOOONNGG offseason.

  • Reg Dunlop

    Thanks for the update on these prospects but since BU and Boston College are separate institutions, he probably didn’t make the most of his time with Boston College after wrapping up his first season with BU.