Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Jesperi Kotkaniemi
19-Year-Old CenterC
Montreal Canadiens
Out
Injury Abdomen
Est. Return 9/1/2020
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.
Officially done for the year
CMontreal Canadiens  Minors
Abdomen
March 11, 2020
Kotkaniemi will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign with a spleen injury, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Kotkaniemi struggled at the NHL level this season, notching six goals and eight points while posting a minus-11 rating in 36 games, but he excelled in the minors after being sent down on Feb. 1, racking up 13 points in 13 games. The third overall pick from the 2018 draft should be an everyday player for the Canadiens in 2020-21.
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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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Out indefinitely
CMontreal Canadiens  Minors
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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Suffers splenic injury
CMontreal Canadiens  Minors
Abdomen
March 7, 2020
Kotkaniemi suffered a splenic injury during Friday's game against AHL Cleveland.
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Centers Laval's top line
CMontreal Canadiens  Minors
February 2, 2020
Kotkaniemi had an assist, one shot and a two-minute minor in his first game for AHL Laval on Saturday.
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Heading down to minors
CMontreal Canadiens  Minors
February 1, 2020
The Canadiens assigned Kotkaniemi to AHL Laval on Saturday.
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Not active Thursday
CMontreal Canadiens  Minors
January 31, 2020
Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Sabres.
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