Scout's Notebook: Konsta Helenius' improving stock and other draft-eligible notes from Liiga
Last season, only two first-time draft-eligible skaters managed to play over 20 games in Liiga. This season, that same number could be as high as five.
Konsta Helenius, Veeti Väisänen and Emil Hemming seem like safe bets to accomplish this feat. Aron Kiviharju's number is still up in the air given his lengthy injury, but based on the initial reports, he should have a good chance of clearing that mark. Then there's Topias Hynninen who has bounced between different levels more than the others but already has 11 Liiga games under his belt.
Let's take a deeper dive into how these players have done over the past month in the top professional league in Finland.
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