Columbus Blue Jackets Select Finnish Center Mikael Pyyhtia with the 114th Pick in the 2020 NHL Draft

By Dan Dukart on October 7, 2020 at 4:43 pm
Mikael Pyyhtia skates for TPS U20

Welcome to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Mikael Pyyhtia.

The Jackets selected Pyyhtia, a 5-foot-11 Finnish center, with their fourth-round selection, 114th overall, in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft Wednesday.

The PyyhtiaFile

  • DOB: December 17, 2001 (18)
  • NATIONALITY: Finnish
  • POS: Center
  • SIZE: 5-11/174
  • SHOOTS: Left

Pyyhtia, who plays on the same TPS U20 team as Columbus' third-round pick Samuel Knazko, has tallied 3-3-6 in five games in Finland's top junior league this season. Last season, he posted 11-30-41 in 42 games, good for third on the team in points.

Pyyhtia "sees the ice like a chessboard" and is "like a magician in the offensive zone", according to a scouting report from Future Scope Hockey.

He checks in a bit on the smaller side but can light the lamp and has a chance in the future to make a team that has had trouble finishing in recent years.

The 18-year old center will look to compete for TPS in Liiga play. Last season, he played two games for the big club (0-1-1).