Julius Honka: 2014 Top Prospect

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Julius Honka

League:  WHL     Team:  Swift Current

Position:  RD      Shoots:  Right

DOB:  Dec. 3, 1995     Birthplace:  Jyvaskyla, Finland

Height:  5’11     Weight:  178

2013-14  Stats:  Games: 41   G: 12   A:  28  Pts:  40  PIM: 34   Plus/Minus:  13

Julius Honka is a first year player with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos.

Week 15:  Arizona Hockey Talk’s preliminary evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Julius Honka.

Achievements:  

1.  Represented Finland at the World U17, U18, Ivan Hlinka Tournament and 2014 WJHC

2.  Drafted in first round (34th overall)  in the 2013 CHL Import Draft by the Swift Current Broncos.

3.  Julius Honka was selected for Team Orr in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Offensive Buzzwords  

Julius Honka is an offensive defenceman that relies on his excellent puck handling skills and skating. He has very good on-ice vision and is extremely elusive making him very hard to defend.

Skating

Julius Honka is a very good skater with good speed, strong lateral movement and agility.  His strong skating makes him very dangerous of the rush and he transitions from defence to offence very quickly.

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Defensive Buzzwords

Julius Honka is adjusting to the smaller ice in Canada and his physical play and defensive game are a work in progress.

Prospect Analysis

Right now Julius Honka is probably a solid Top 20 pick but as he works on his defensive game he could surprise and go much higher.  Let’s call him at around 15-20 for now but definitely a player to watch.

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