St. Cloud, MN – The SCSU Huskies pipeline to Finland apparently is still alive and well with the announced commitment of Finnish Junior hockey star Jami Krannila. Krannila announced via Twitter on May 9 “Proud and excited to announce my commitment to play hockey at the St. Cloud State University. I would like to thank all my friends, family, teammates and coaches for helping me get to this point in my career.”
The 5′ 10″ 150 pound left-shooting centerman is a native of Nokia, Finland and skated for Tappara U18 squad of the Jr B SM-Sarja league. He was the leading scorer on the team posting 24 goals and 41 assists for 65 points in 46 games. He also had 4 points in 4 league playoff games. Marco Bombino of McKeens Hockey, a scouting service described Krannila as a “smooth, quick skater with strong offensive skills and instincts. He’s somewhat lightweight but deceptive with the puck and can stickhandle and maneuver in tight spaces. Has an accurate wrist shot. He anticipates the play really well, both with and without the puck, and knows where his teammates are on the ice in order to feed them the puck. Krannila plays in all situations for his team”.
Marco (who spends a lot of time scouting the Finnish Juniors) told me “I think Krannila has the potential to be a strong offensive player at the college level, one who can be a solid point producer. Spending one year in the USHL will be good for him so that he can gain strength and improve his physicality. A quick, smooth skater with a lot of skill and good offensive vision. He first caught my attention in the U16 league and his game has gotten steadily better.”
Most recently, Krannila was selected by the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede as the 74th pick in the 5th round of the leagues Phase II draft. It is expected Krannila will play a year in the USHL prior to joining the Huskies.
The Huskies have had a number of recent players from Finland including Kalle Kossila, Niklas Nevalainen, Rasmus Rejola and Mika Ilvonen.