Jesperi Kotkaniemi

#82 C / Carolina Hurricanes / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 201 lb Age: 21 College: None

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    Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Offer sheet not matched

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi will suit up for the Carolina Hurricanes next season, as the Canadiens elected Saturday not to match Carolina's offer sheet.The Canadiens were unwilling to pay the 21-year-old $6.1 million next season, so they'll receive the Hurricanes' first- and third-round picks in the 2022 draft as compensation. Kotkaniemi is considered a talented young center, but the price tag is quite a high one for a player who managed a modest five goals and 15 assists in 56 games last season.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Receives offer sheet from Carolina

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi was tendered an offer sheet by the Hurricanes on Saturday. Montreal now has seven days to match the proposal, which is a one-year, $6.1 million deal. If the Montreal Canadiens don't match that offer, they will receive a 2022 first-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick from Carolina.Many believe this is a payback move for the Hurricanes, who undoubtedly haven't forgotten about the stunt Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin pulled when he tendered Sebastian Aho an offer sheet in August of 2019. Kotkaniemi is an up-and-coming player, but $6.1 million is a clear overpay for the 21-year-old pivot, even on a one-year deal. The 2018 first-round pick tallied five goals and 20 points while averaging 14:48 of ice time through 56 regular-season games last season.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Set to sit as healthy scratch

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi is slated to sit as a healthy scratch for Monday's must-win Game 4 versus the Lightning, John Lu of reports.Kotkaniemi logged just 11:38 of ice time in Friday's Game 3 loss after averaging 14:09 through the first two games of the series, so the writing was on the wall to an extent in regards to his status for Monday's must-win contest. If the Montreal Canadiens are unable to stave off elimination, Kotkaniemi will finish the season having picked up 20 points through 56 games.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Logs assist in Game 1 loss

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi had an assist, three hits and two PIM in Monday's 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.Kotkaniemi provided good support on a Montreal foray, digging out a loose puck along the boards and feeding Ben Chiarot for the Montreal Canadiens' lone goal. It was Kotkaniemi's fourth point in the last six playoff contests.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Assist in tough loss

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi provided an assist and two penalty minutes in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.The 20-year-old forward passed the puck to Ben Chiarot late in the 2nd period, who's point shot found it's way through several Tampa players to give the Habs life. Outside of the assist, Kotkaniemi was very much a non-factor in this game, registering no shots on goal and playing just 12:49 in the contest. The Finnish center has eight points in 17 games this postseason and will look to help his team get back on track in Wednesday night's Game 2 in Tampa Bay.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Cleans up rebound

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a goal and blocked two shots in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights in Game 5.Josh Anderson got off a shot on Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period, which generated a juicy rebound for Kotkaniemi to bury. The 20-year-old Finn is up to five goals, two assists, 22 shots on net, 29 hits and a minus-3 rating through 15 playoff contests. He's picked up three points in the last four games, but his scoring output is likely to be limited in a bottom-six role.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Assists in consecutive games

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi produced an assist, four PIM, three hits and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Golden Knights in Game 3.Kotkaniemi collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and attempted a pass to Josh Anderson. It bounced off of Anderson and dropped to Paul Byron, who set up Anderson for the game-winning goal in overtime. Kotkaniemi has picked up a helper in each of the last two games, and he's up to six points through 13 playoff contests. He's added 12 PIM, 20 shots on net and 26 hits in a third-line role.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Slings helper

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi registered an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Golden Knights in Game 2.The Finn snapped a four-game point drought when he set up Paul Byron's second-period tally. Kotkaniemi has added four goals, 20 shots on net, 23 hits and a minus-4 rating through 12 playoff contests. He's likely to remain in a third-line role, although his role on the second power-play unit could give him a slightly higher scoring ceiling than that of a typical bottom-six forward.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Goal in Game 1 win

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Jets in Game 1.Since starting the playoffs as a healthy scratch in Game 1 against Toronto, the 20-year-old has now scored four goals in seven games despite averaging only 13:12 of ice time during that span. Kotkaniemi makes for an interesting DFS value play as long as his salary remains manageable.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Overtime hero Saturday

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored the game-winning goal and fired four shots on net in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in Game 6.The Montreal Canadiens spent a lot of overtime weathering a storm from the Maple Leafs. A Travis Dermott turnover allowed Paul Byron to set up Kotkaniemi for the winning tally at 15:15 of the extra session. The Finnish center has scored in consecutive games, and he's posted three goals in five playoff appearances. He remained in the lineup with Jake Evans (undisclosed) returning for Saturday's Game 6 -- Tomas Tatar was instead scratched.

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