In his first full season in Finland’s top league, Arsi Piispanen established himself as a player that could be counted on to skate a regular shift. In fact, he did more than that for his Jyp club team. One of the youngest players on the roster, Piispanen contributed at both ends of the ice, recording 12 points, 10 of which were assists.
Piispanen, a native of Jyvaskyla, Finland, played in 52 games for Jyp, missing time only to participate in the 2005 World Junior Championships, an event where he captained his Finnish squad.
Possessing a wide variety of offensive skills, Piispanen has an incredible set of hands, arguably the best among the Blue Jackets prospect pool. His ability to dangle is top notch, and has embarrassed many defensemen on a regular occasion. In terms of skating, Piispanen is average, although due to his strong stickhandling ability, is able to contain the puck at full flight. The only downfall on Piispanen appears to be his size. While he stands at an impressive 6’3, he weighs only 163lbs, and hasn’t filled out since his draft season two years ago.