Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Jesperi Kotkaniemi
20-Year-Old CenterC
Montreal Canadiens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kotkaniemi enjoyed a relatively successful rookie campaign in 2018-19, posting 11 goals and 23 assists while firing 134 shots on net in 79 games. Along with rookie camp and preseason action, that sounds like a lot of hockey for an 18-year-old, and it was. He tired over the course of the year, and as a result, his playing time dipped below 13 minutes per contest over the final five weeks of the season. Coach Claude Julien definitely gave the young Finn a chance to succeed, gifting him offensive zone starts 61.9 percent of the time, but it's hardly surprising that the teenager wasn't able to produce eye-popping offensive totals in his first season as a pro. With a full year in the NHL now under his belt, fantasy owners can expect Kotkaniemi to receive increased playing time in 2019-20, which should allow the third overall pick from the 2018 draft to improve his production across the board. The 6-foot-2 forward underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in April, but he should be ready to go for training camp. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Montreal in July of 2018.
Lights lamp twice in Game 2
CMontreal Canadiens
August 14, 2020
Kotkaniemi scored two goals, one on the power play, in Friday's 5-0 win over the Flyers during Game 2 of Montreal's first-round series.
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The third overall pick in the 2018 draft continues to show signs of life. Kotkaniemi banged home a dirty goal from Carter Hart's doorstep midway through the first period to give the Habs a 2-0 lead, then capped the scoring in the third by snapping a puck under Brian Elliott's arm from the slot for a power-play tally. The kid now has four goals in six playoff games, an impressive performance after Kotkaniemi scored only six goals and eight points in 36 regular-season contests.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:00
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:44
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
13:44
1:56
0:00
2019–20
13:00
1:44
0:00
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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.
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Scores again Monday
CMontreal Canadiens
August 3, 2020
Kotkaniemi potted a goal in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Penguins in Game 2.
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Opens scoring Saturday
CMontreal Canadiens
August 3, 2020
Kotkaniemi scored a goal on two shots versus Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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Ready for training camp
CMontreal Canadiens
June 26, 2020
Kotkaniemi (abdomen) is expected to be a full participant at Montreal's upcoming pre-postseason training camp, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
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Officially done for the year
CMontreal Canadiens
Abdomen
March 11, 2020
Kotkaniemi will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign with a spleen injury, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Out indefinitely
CMontreal Canadiens
Abdomen
March 9, 2020
Kotkaniemi (abdomen) is without a specific recovery timeline after returning to Montreal, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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