Aleksi Heimosalmi may not be the name that comes to mind when you think about top defencemen on Team Finland's roster. Your mind tends to wander to Topi Niemela, Kasper Puutio or even Eemil Viro. But Heimosalmi's play so far at the World Junior Classic proves different.
Heimosalmi is tied for first in points by a Finnish d-man with Kasper Puutio. He currently has six assists, or six points in five games, also maintaining a rating of positive four.
Heimosalmi started the 2022 IIHF World Juniors as the seventh defenceman in the Finland lineup. The Fin has since been moved up to the second pair, alongside Detroit Red Wings' pick Eemil Viro, and also commands the second unit power play
We can see a contrast in Heimosalmi's ice time throughout the tournament. He started the preliminary round averaging 15 minutes per game and ended the preliminary round against Team Canada playing 20+ minutes.
Roby Jarventie (OTT) turns at the top of the right-wing ciurcle and goes post-and-in with a great shot for his second point of the period. Aleksi Heimosalmi (CAR) gave him the puck.— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) August 17, 2022