Artturi Lehkonen
Artturi Lehkonen
25-Year-Old Left WingLW
Montreal Canadiens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lehkonen posted a career-high 31 points and 20 assists in 2018-19, but dropped to an even lower shooting percentage (6.3%) than the previous year (7.3%), after which there was already talk about him being unlucky. There's no doubt that he has a hard shot and can deliver it, but it's no longer an issue of luck. Rather, it's an issue of whether the 24-year-old forward can diversify and enhance his offense. We know he can bang home a rebound and convert net-front chances, but can he get into position on a rush, have his body ready to shoot, and not skate into traffic? To make matters worse, he has yet to show the poise necessary to cash in when presented with high-danger scoring opportunities. Lehkonen had a sub-par 7.28 shot percentage on 73 high-danger scoring chances last season. It's a good thing that he remains responsible defensively, which keeps him on the ice, but maybe the effort required to be a complete player has taken away from his goal-scoring acumen. Either way, fantasy owners can leave him on the wire until he's able to exhibit some consistency as a point producer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.8 million contract with the Canadiens in July of 2019.
Pots series-winning goal
LWMontreal Canadiens
August 7, 2020
Lehkonen scored the game-winning goal during Friday's 2-0 win over the Penguins in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Qualifier.
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With Carey Price dominating in net for Montreal, the team's offense didn't need to do much to complete the upset win in the series, and Lehkonen came through late in the third period -- he went wide around Tristan Jarry on the rush and drew the young goalie out of position, then banked home the puck off the skate of a Pittsburgh defender from behind the net. Lehkonen will take a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) into the next round.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:26
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:11
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:25
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
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16:29
1:56
1:32
2018–19
15:33
0:33
2:16
2019–20
15:26
0:11
2:25
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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On paper, it looks as though Lehkonen took a step back last season after an impressive rookie campaign. He had 12 goals and nine assists over 66 games in 2017-18, a regression from the 18/10 line he posted in 73 games the previous year. However, the last memory we have is that eight of his 21 points and seven of his 12 goals came in the final 15 games. A more meaningful silver lining than his finish is that Lehkonen was second on the team in individual scoring chances and third in high-danger opportunities, per Natural Stat Trick. A 7.3 shooting percentage, less than the league average, suggests the second-year forward was snakebitten. He plays both ends of the ice well, a trait near and dear to the heart of head coach Claude Julien, and that alone should get him top-six minutes and time on the power play. Lehkonen is someone to watch in 2018-19.
Lehkonen, a 2013 second-round draft pick, chose to spend the last few seasons in Europe instead of the American Hockey League. That was a wise choice, as he came to North America as a 21-year-old and showed off an advanced hockey IQ -- acquired by facing older competition in Scandinavia. He made a seamless transition to the smaller rinks, using an accurate and quick release to score 18 goals, and he was one of the Canadiens’ top players in the postseason. Both GM Michel Therrien and head coach Claude Julien seemed to trust him as a defensive forward, yet he exceeded expectations by evolving into an important secondary source of offense while playing mostly third-line minutes. With a year under his belt and perhaps some added heft to his frame, Lehkonen could earn a regular spot as a second-line left winger and thus has definite sleeper appeal heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
Lehkonen, a second-round draft pick in the 2013 draft, was the rookie of the year for Kalpa in Finland's SM-Liiga in 2012-13. He has high offensive talent, but adding some bulk will help him at the NHL level. The 18-year-old sniper will return to skate for Kalpa this coming season.
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Adds assist in Game 3
LWMontreal Canadiens
August 5, 2020
Lehkonen dished an assist and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game 3.
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Posts helper in loss
LWMontreal Canadiens
August 3, 2020
Lehkonen registered an assist, three shots on goal and four hits in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Penguins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
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Has multiple long goal droughts
LWMontreal Canadiens
March 29, 2020
Lehkonen has 13 goals and 14 assists with a 9.3 shooting percentage over 70 games in 2019-20.
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Ends 16-game slide
LWMontreal Canadiens
March 11, 2020
Lehkonen scored a goal on four shots and had one hit in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Nashville.
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Starts game on top line
LWMontreal Canadiens
March 8, 2020
Lehkonen skated on the top line to start Saturday's game before being dropped to the third line in a 4-1 loss to Florida. He had one shot and was minus-1 over 16:50 of ice time.
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