Konsta Helenius Eyes NHL After Stellar Season in Finland’s Top League

Eighteen-year-old center Konsta Helenius is setting his sights on the NHL after a remarkable season in Finland’s premier hockey league, Liiga, and an impressive performance at the World Championship. Last season, Helenius split his time between Jukurit in Liiga and the junior league, laying a solid foundation for his ambitious goals.

Before this season started, Helenius, alongside his father, set a goal not just to participate but to excel at the men’s World Championship. Helenius not only met but exceeded these expectations, scoring 36 points (14 goals and 22 assists) over 51 games for Jukurit. His achievements rank him fourth all-time among under-18 players in Liiga history, a list that includes renowned players like Aleksander Barkov and Kaapo Kakko.

Helenius’s postseason was equally impressive, contributing significantly with six points in six playoff games. His journey continued at the 2024 IIHF World Championship, where he added an assist over four games for Finland.

The young star’s performance against seasoned NHL players has boosted his confidence, bringing him closer to his NHL dream. Olli Jokinen, Helenius’s coach for the past two seasons, praises his drive and versatility, noting significant improvements in defensive play and face-offs, crucial for adapting to the NHL level.

Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 189 pounds, Helenius may not be the biggest player, but his skills in tight spaces and competitive nature set him apart. He is currently ranked No. 3 by NHL Central Scouting for International skaters going into the 2024 NHL Draft.

With a summer ahead to further improve his physicality and skating speed, Helenius is determined to enhance his game. His ultimate ambition goes beyond playing in the NHL; he aims to become the best Finnish-born player in history.