This time last year, Veeti Miettinen was on an upward trajectory following a strong freshman season in the NCAA.
Less than a year removed from being a sixth-round pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Miettinen tied for the most points on St. Cloud State, won Rookie of the Year and landed on the Second All-Star Team in his NCAA conference, and rose from an honourable mention on the TLN Prospect Rankings all the way up to 12th.
One year later, Miettinen drops six positions on the TLN Prospect Rankings after an uninspiring sophomore season. A stagnant offensive year with a lack of progression in the deficiencies in his game has cooled some of the Miettinen hype, but there are still skills to get excited about.
LW | St. Cloud State (NCHC) | Age: 20 | 5-foot-9 | 160 lbs | Shoots: LAcquired: 2020 6th Round, 168th Overall | 2021 Ranking: 12th
On the surface, it would appear that Veeti Miettinen had a similar season to his freshman year. He scored 10 goals and 23 points in 37 games as a sophomore, compared to 11 goals and 24 points in 31 games as a freshman. His scoring rate took a slight dip, but nothing overly drastic?
For starters, St. Cloud State took a slight step offensively, going from 3.26 goals …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation