The Calgary Flames have made their first selection of the 2022 NHL Draft. In the second round, 59th overall, the Flames have selected Finnish centre Topi Ronni.
Ronni is a left shot center originally from Hausjarvi, Finland. He’s listed at 6’2″ and 180 pounds.
Ronni played a lot of hockey in 2021-22. He had 18 goals and 29 points in 30 games for the junior Tappara team in Finland’s SM-sarja. He also played 19 games with Tappara’s pro side in Liiga where he had 4 points and helped Tappara win their league title. He also played a game for HPK in Liiga on a loan, and had two points in his lone game with KeuPa HT in the secondary Mestis league on loan.
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He also played in two major tournaments, representing Finland at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup – six points in five games – and the Under-18 Worlds – four points in six games. He won bronze at the Under-18 Worlds.
A hard-nosed player who plays heavy, Ronni also has good enough skill to finish in tight. He’s probably a middle-of-the-lineup player, but if you can find players like that in the second round, your team will be better for it. His skating is not the best, but I think he gets to where he needs to and is a force in the hard areas of the ice.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie had Ronni ranked 65th. FC Hockey had him ranked 105th. That variation in opinion is very much a defining featuring of this draft class, so it’s not really anything about Ronni in particular. (He was 75th on our blended consensus aggregate ranking.)
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The Flames add a centre who’s played a good amount of pro hockey as a teenager and was a contributor for Finland at the international level. He’s not a slam-dunk prospect, but there aren’t too many of those in this year’s draft class.
Based on his attributes, he seems like a reasonable gamble at 59th overall.

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