Julius Honka - Photo Courtesy of ca.sports.yahoo.com

 

Julius Honka, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 174

Born: 1995-12-03

Hometown: Jyvaskyla, FIN

Drafted: 2014 by Dallas Stars, 14th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

September 2014 - Julius Honka will be among the Stars top prospects at the 2014 Traverse City Prospects Tournament. Beyond that the Stars have yet to officially announce where Honka will start the 2014-15 season. Numerous options are on the table, but the two most likely are a return to his native Finland to play in the SM-Liiga, or heading back to the WHL Swift Current Broncos where he played in the 2013-14 season posting 56 points(16 goals, 40 assists) in 62 games. At this time Honka is not listed on the pre-season roster of Swift Current or of any pro teams in Finland. Look for word at the conclusion of the prospects tournament or early in training camp as GM Jim Nill may give him a small taste of the NHL game before sending him off to his assignment for the season.

 

June 2014 – The Dallas Stars selected Julius Honka 14th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

February 2014 – A tremendously gifted skater possessing four-way dynamic mobility, Julius Honka gets up and down the ice more efficiently than any other defender in his class. Athletically gifted, Honka utilizes his elite hockey sense, ability to read the play quickly and poise in possession to control the tempo of the game.  It’s his swift skating that allows him to pounce on turnovers and quickly turn the play up the ice for a scoring chance. Playing in an undersized and underdeveloped frame, Honka relies on his intelligence and sharp footwork to contain his opponents defensively and isn’t a liability, like most offensive defensemen can be. Brendan Ross

 

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Honka is an extremely mobile puck rushing defenseman with a solid defensive game. He projects as a future powerplay quarterback and top four defenseman.

 

 

 

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Swift Current Defenceman Julius Honka (Interview):

 

 

 

 

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