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Seventh Round, 206th Overall, C Otto Somppi

Name: Otto Somppi
Position: Center
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 183 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: 12 JAN 98
Club: Halifax (QMJHL)
Halifax (QMJHL), 59 GP, 13-33-46, 25 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"Otto Somppi came in from Finland and played on the Finnish Ivan Hlinka team and at the end of the year played with the Finnish U-18 team that won the championship. Otto’s played most of the season with a banged-up shoulder, so he had a shoulder brace on and he played on a very weak Halifax team. Once they traded Timo Meier they really had nobody to play with him so Otto persevered, worked hard through the season, battled through the shoulder situation, then went with Finland and played on the first line with [Jesse] Puljujarvi and [Janne] Kuokkanen. He played part of it at center and part of it at wing and was on the first line on the championship team with Finland. We have high hopes for Otto and part of the reason he didn’t get selected was the shoulder situation and the team that he was on, so that helps us – good news for us and it’ll make him a better person and player going forward." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray

"Hard working two-way centre who spends as much energy in his own end of the ice as in the offensive zone - something not often seen in junior. Has some solid skills offensively. Pass-first playmaker is an excellent set-up man who always has his head up looking to make plays. Has a solid shot that he would benefit from using more often - needs to be a bit more selfish. His compete level was good all year despite progress being stalled by a mid-season shoulder injury. Has an aggressive, take-no-prisoners approach. Always plays at a high tempo and puts pressure on defenders with tenacious puck pursuit. Quick to pounce on mistakes - opportunistic. Great on-ice awareness. Good skater who likes to carry the puck. Started to use his size better as he adjusted to North American game. Fundamentally sound and smart away from the puck. Not flashy, just effective." -- Red Line Report

"Somppi came over from Finland, as the Mooseheads selected him in the CHL Import Draft (19th overall). The Helsinki native has played internationally, in both the U-17 Hockey Challenge and the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament for his country. In his first season in the QMJHL, Somppi had to make adjustments to his game while playing on a smaller ice surface. He didn’t produce enough offensively and had a tough time producing in the 2nd half with some of the best Halifax forwards gone. Somppi can play all three forward positions, as he is a smart hockey player without the puck and won’t hurt you on the ice. He’s responsible in his own end, showing good commitment to the defensive game and he’s good on the PK. Offensively, he’s more of a playmaker, a pass-first type of player and has not had a lot of success scoring goals at the QMJHL level just yet. He works hard all over the ice but his hands are just okay. There are some question marks with his upside at the next level. His skating is a big concern; it needs some serious work to improve his quickness, acceleration and grant him the ability to take advantage of space on the ice. To us, Somppi looks like a mid-to-late pick in this draft. We love his smarts – with an upgrade to his skating play, this combination could grant him a depth role at the NHL level, but there’s a lot of work to be done here." -- HockeyProspect.com's Black Book

Strengths:
Is a good playmaker and solid two-way center. Can be an asset on all special teams, as he owns excellent hockey IQ and sound instincts. Owns a projectable frame, too.

Weakneses:
Needs to fill out his 6-1 frame in order to maximize output at the National Hockey League level. Also, he could stand to shoot the puck more often (to score more goals).

Projection:
At best, a talented two-way center with upside, or at least a versatile bottom six forward with smarts.

Chad Schnarr contributed to this report.