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Finland Jesperi Kotkaniemi
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Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A TP
1. Étienne Tremblay-Mathieu - - - -
2. Philippe Fauchon - - - -
3. Daniel Agostino - - - -
4. Édouard Charron - - - -
5. Justin Côté - - - -
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
C
Age
21
Height
6'2" / 188 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
201 lbs / 91 kg
Nation
Shoots
L
Youth Team
Contract
21/22
Cap Hit
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Highlights
1-time U18 WJC Gold Medal 1
1-time U18 WJC Silver Medal 1

A smart forward with a dangerous shot, Kotkaniemi possesses a high hockey IQ and determination with the skills to back it up. Positions himself well and often seems to be a step ahead of plays. Stickhandling and creativity allow him to split professional defences as a teenager. Decent size and frame, yet a very capable skater. (Matias Strozyk, 2017)

Family relations
Father: Mikael Kotkaniemi
Brother: Kasperi Kotkaniemi

Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2014-15 Ässät U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 5 1 4 5 4 |
Ässät U16 U16 SM-sarja 30 21 12 33 30 |
2015-16 Ässät U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 3 4 6 10 0 |
Ässät U18 U18 Mestis Q 5 5 6 11 2 |
Ässät U18 U18 Mestis 6 5 12 17 0 |
Ässät U20 U20 SM-liiga 23 5 10 15 12 15 |
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 6 6 12 28 |
2016-17 Ässät U20 U20 SM-liiga 17 9 6 15 18 6 | Playoffs 7 4 1 5 0 -2
Finland U18 WJC-18 7 1 5 6 0 1 |
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 17 5 10 15 4 |
2017-18 Ässät Liiga 57 10 19 29 20 -1 | Playoffs 7 0 1 1 6 -4
Finland U18 WJC-18 7 3 6 9 37 9 |
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 17 8 11 19 51 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 3 2 1 3 2 |
2018-19 Montréal Canadiens NHL 79 11 23 34 26 1 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 4 1 1 2 8 |
2019-20 Montréal Canadiens NHL 36 6 2 8 23 -11 | Playoffs 10 4 0 4 23 4
Laval Rocket AHL 13 1 12 13 16 0 |
2020-21 Ässät Liiga 10 2 6 8 8 -3 |
Montréal Canadiens NHL 56 5 15 20 12 -1 | Playoffs 19 5 3 8 14 -5
2021-22 Carolina Hurricanes NHL - - - - - |
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Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2015-16 Finland U16 “A” YOG 6 3 4 7 1 0 |
2017-18 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 2 2 4 6 |
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Game Log
Date Team Opp Score G A TP PIM +/- SOG PPG SHG TOI
NHL
Sat 03/07 Montréal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Thu 01/07 Montréal Canadiens @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Tue 29/06 Montréal Canadiens @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Fri 25/06 Montréal Canadiens vs Vegas Golden Knights
Wed 23/06 Montréal Canadiens @ Vegas Golden Knights
Mon 21/06 Montréal Canadiens vs Vegas Golden Knights
Sat 19/06 Montréal Canadiens vs Vegas Golden Knights
Thu 17/06 Montréal Canadiens @ Vegas Golden Knights
Tue 15/06 Montréal Canadiens @ Vegas Golden Knights
Tue 08/06 Montréal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets
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Player Career Totals
League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 1 13 1 12 13 1.00 16 0 | 0
Hlinka Gretzky Cup 1 4 2 2 4 1.00 6 - | 0
International-Jr 4 52 22 29 51 0.98 93 - | 0
Liiga 2 67 12 25 37 0.55 28 -4 | 1 7 0 1 1 0.14 6 -4
NHL 4 171 22 40 62 0.36 61 -11 | 2 29 9 3 12 0.41 37 -1
U16 SM-sarja 1 30 21 12 33 1.10 30 - | 0
U16 SM-sarja Q 2 8 5 10 15 1.88 4 - | 0
U18 Mestis 1 6 5 12 17 2.83 0 - | 0
U18 Mestis Q 1 5 5 6 11 2.20 2 - | 0
U20 SM-liiga (U20 SM-sarja) 2 40 14 16 30 0.75 30 21 | 1 7 4 1 5 0.71 0 -2
WJC-18 2 14 4 11 15 1.07 37 10 | 0
YOG 1 6 3 4 7 1.17 1 0 | 0
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Acceleration
16
Teamwork
15
Puckhandling
15
Passing
15

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Player Connections
Player Period Teams
Otto Kivenmäki (F) 2014-2021 6 Finland U18 (all), Finland U20 (all), Ässät, Ässät U16, Ässät U18, Ässät U20
Juuso Ketola (D) 2014-2019 5 Finland U16 (all), Finland U18, Finland U18 (all), Finland U20 (all), Ässät U16, Ässät U18, Ässät U20
Jesse Ylönen (F) 2016-2021 4 Finland U18, Finland U18 (all), Finland U20 (all), Montréal Canadiens
Juuso Walli (D) 2015-2021 4 Ässät, Ässät U20

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DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
09/04/2021
09/04/2021 Confirmed Montréal Canadiens Carolina Hurricanes
10/16/2020
10/16/2020 Loan Montréal Canadiens Ässät
07/01/2018
07/01/2018 Confirmed Ässät Montréal Canadiens
06/08/2017
06/08/2017 Extension Ässät U20 Ässät
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Player Biography and Trivia

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #16 by ISS Hockey

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #13 by FCHockey

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #13 by McKeen's Hockey

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #5 by TSN/McKenzie

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #6 by NHL Central Scouting

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