Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Jesperi Kotkaniemi

21-Year-Old Left WingLW
Carolina Hurricanes
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Kotkaniemi had a strong freshman season (11 goals, 34 points in 79 games) for Montreal back in 2018-19, but the former No. 3 overall pick has managed just 11 goals and 28 points in 92 games over the past two years. He was also a healthy scratch for each of Montreal's final two games against the Lightning in the Stanley Cup final. While nothing in Kotkaniemi's profile suggests a breakout is coming this season, it's important to remember the Finn turned just 21 years of age this past July. He's played a lot of NHL hockey for such a youngster and that should help him down the line. For now, Kotkaniemi's value is mostly limited to keeper and dynasty formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $38.5 million extension with the Hurricanes in March of 2022.
Finishes season on high note
LWCarolina Hurricanes
April 28, 2022
Kotkaniemi (lower body) had a goal and two assists in Thursday's 6-3 win over New Jersey.
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Kotkaniemi didn't take long to make an impact in his return from a five-game absence. He set up goals by Ethan Bear and Martin Necas before lighting the lamp 12:53 into the game for his third point of the night. The strong regular-season finale brought Kotkaniemi's totals in his first year with the Hurricanes to 12 goals and 17 assists.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:12
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
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Short-Handed
2019–20
13:00
1:44
0:00
2020–21
14:48
1:54
0:01
2021–22
12:01
1:12
0:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After debuting as an 18-year-old rookie and picking up 34 points in 79 games in 2018-19, Kotkaniemi appeared in just 36 regular-season games with the Canadiens last year, picking up eight points over that span. The third overall pick from the 2018 draft did, however, fare far better during his time in the minors, racking up 13 points in 13 contests, and he played pretty well in the bubble, potting four goals in 10 playoff contests. The 20-year-old pivot will be a full-time player for the big club in 2020-21, centering the Habs' third line and second power-play unit, but it would be unwise to predict a massive leap in production from Kotkaniemi this year. He may be worth a flier in the later rounds of deeper formats, but he'll likely go undrafted in most fantasy leagues.
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.
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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Good to go
LWCarolina Hurricanes
April 28, 2022
Kotkaniemi (lower body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's regular-season finale against the Devils.
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Not in Tuesday's lineup
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Lower Body
April 26, 2022
Kotkaniemi (lower body) is not expected to play Tuesday versus the Rangers.
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Still sidelined
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Lower Body
April 20, 2022
Kotkaniemi (lower body) won't play Thursday against the Jets, Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
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Won't play Monday
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Undisclosed
April 18, 2022
Kotkaniemi (undisclosed) will not be available versus the Coyotes on Monday but is considered day-to-day, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
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Ready to rock
LWCarolina Hurricanes
April 14, 2022
Kotkaniemi (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Red Wings, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
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