Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Jesperi Kotkaniemi
18-Year-Old CenterC
Montreal Canadiens
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Kotkaniemi spent 2017-18 playing for Assat Pori of SM-liiga -- the top Finnish hockey league -- posting 29 points over 57 games. It wasn't until a strong showing at U18s in April that the 18-year-old shot up draft boards, eventually being taken third overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens. He possesses an elite mind for the game and formidable size at 6-foot-2 but may need to improve his skating to contribute at the highest level. He impressed the brass enough in rookie camp that they wouldn't rule him out for the Opening Night roster, but the most likely scenario involves him beginning the campaign in the AHL and potentially debuting at some point later in the season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Montreal in July of 2018.
Pots second in three games
CMontreal Canadiens
January 16, 2019
Kotkaniemi scored a goal, was assessed a minor penalty, and won eight of 10 faceoffs over 15:32 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Panthers.
ANALYSIS
Kotkaniemi rejoined the Finnish line in the second period, joining Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia, to score his second goal in the past three games and sixth of the season. The rookie's ice time rarely gets as high as it did Tuesday, but when Kotkaniemi's winning his draws, coach Claude Julien will give him some slack.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:58
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
13:58
2:05
0:00
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Nets fifth goal of season
CMontreal Canadiens
January 12, 2019
Kotkaniemi scored the insurance marker in a 3-0 win against the Avalanche on Saturday.
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Finds scoresheet in loss
CMontreal Canadiens
January 11, 2019
Kotkaniemi picked up an assist in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Blues.
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Logs power-play assist
CMontreal Canadiens
December 30, 2018
Kotkaniemi had a team-high five shots and a power-play assist in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Lightning.
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Deep goal drought over
CMontreal Canadiens
December 15, 2018
Kotkaniemi scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Senators.
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LIkely to stick in Montreal
CMontreal Canadiens
December 9, 2018
Kotkaniemi is unlikely to be loaned to Team Finland for the IIHF World Junior Championship, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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