Kotkaniemi scored a goal, was assessed a minor penalty, and won eight of 10 faceoffs over 15:32 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Panthers. Kotkaniemi rejoined the Finnish line in the second period, joining Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia, to score his second goal in the past three games and sixth of the season. The rookie's ice time rarely gets as high as it did Tuesday, but when Kotkaniemi's winning his draws, coach Claude Julien will give him some slack.
Kotkaniemi scored the insurance marker in a 3-0 win against the Avalanche on Saturday. That gives Kotkaniemi 22 points in 46 games this season. He finished off a beautiful cross-ice feed from Jonathan Drouin past a sprawling Semyon Varlamov. The Finnish rookie has a lot of ground to make up against Elias Pettersson (knee) in the rookie scoring race, but with Max Domi and Philip Danault ahead of him on the depth chart, his opportunities remain limited. Kotkaniemi played just 12:49 on the night, once again trailing Domi (15:38) and Danault (19:24).
Kotkaniemi picked up an assist in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Blues. The young Finnish center picked up the primary helper on Brendan Gallagher's power-play goal midway through the second period. Kotkaniemi continues to enjoy a moderately fruitful rookie campaign, and with his most recent tally, the 18-year-old is up to 21 points through his first 45 games. He's not scored a goal since Dec. 15, so suffice it to say, his owners would like to see him snap that streak in an upcoming game. His next chance to find twine will come Saturday against Colorado. Kotkaniemi failed to record a point when the two teams met earlier in the year.
Kotkaniemi had a team-high five shots and a power-play assist in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Lightning. Kotkaniemi initiated Montreal's first goal on the power play, showing good vision to set up Tomas Tatar, whose blast from the point was eventually put home by Andrew Shaw after a rebound. The secondary assist snapped a five-game pointless drought for the rookie, who has just six points over the last 18 games. While Kotkaniemi's scoring pace has dropped off since late November, the 18-year-old has keeper value.
Kotkaniemi scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Senators. The goal snapped a 15-game drought for the 18-year-old. Kotkaniemi does have five points in his last six games, so he has been producing. He's a tough fantasy play -- playmaking pivots on 40-point paces aren't generally playable. But keeper owners know that Kotkaniemi has the potential to be an absolute stud in a few short years.
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