Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Jesperi Kotkaniemi
18-Year-Old CenterC
Montreal Canadiens
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/1/2019
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.
Undergoes arthroscopic surgery
CMontreal Canadiens
Knee
April 23, 2019
Kotkaniemi underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Kotkaniemi underwent this procedure to address a chronic, minor injury that he played through during the 2018-19 campaign. The Finnish forward's offseason training schedule isn't expected to be impacted by his recovery from the surgery, so he should be back to 100 percent well before next year's training camp gets underway. The third overall pick from the 2018 draft had a solid rookie campaign, notching 11 goals and 34 points in 79 appearances, and should be considered an attractive secondary option with starter upside heading into next year's fantasy drafts.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:44
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:56
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
13:44
1:56
0:00
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Moved to wing
CMontreal Canadiens
April 2, 2019
Kotkaniemi has been moved to wing and will skate on the fourth line Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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Benched Saturday
CMontreal Canadiens
March 31, 2019
Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Jets, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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Has season-low TOI
CMontreal Canadiens
March 17, 2019
Kotkaniemi was benched for most of the third period and had a season-low 7:56 time on ice in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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No points in return
CMontreal Canadiens
March 8, 2019
Kotkaniemi (rest) had three hits and two shots in 15:03 as the Canadiens took an 8-2 loss to the Ducks on Friday.
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Back in lineup Friday
CMontreal Canadiens
March 8, 2019
Kotkaniemi (rest) will be back in action versus the Ducks on Friday, Dan Arritt of NHL.com reports.
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