Jesperi Kotkaniemi

#15 C / Montreal Canadiens / EXP: YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 184 lb Age: 19 College: None

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8%
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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Undergoes arthroscopic surgery

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday.Kotkaniemi underwent this procedure to address a chronic, minor injury that he played through during the 2018-19 campaign. The Finnish forward's offseason training schedule isn't expected to be impacted by his recovery from the surgery, so he should be back to 100 percent well before next year's training camp gets underway. The third overall pick from the 2018 draft had a solid rookie campaign, notching 11 goals and 34 points in 79 appearances, and should be considered an attractive secondary option with starter upside heading into next year's fantasy drafts.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Moved to wing

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi has been moved to wing and will skate on the fourth line Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.Kotkaniemi, who was benched for Montreal's previous game, returns in a new role as Jordan Weal will take his usual spot as the third-line center. The 18-year-old Kotkaniemi played well initially, but management sees a degradation in his performance. "He had a really good start and then for him this is a lot of hockey for an 18-year-old," said general manager Marc Bergevin. "At some point, when his play or his confidence starts to get to a point where he's not performing and he's hurting himself and the team, that's when you pull back a bit and that's what Claude (Julien) has done and he's got my support on that." If there's any advantage, the move to the wing could allow coach Claude Julien to give Kotkaniemi more playing time since he can put the rookie out there on defensive-zone faceoff situations with veteran Nate Thompson taking draws.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Benched Saturday

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Jets, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.Coach Claude Julien cited fatigue as the reason for benching Kotkaniemi, who has clearly lost the confidence of his coach. The rookie center is averaging nearly 14 minutes of ice time per game this season but just 11:47 TOI over the last seven games, including two contests under 10 minutes. Jordan Weal took his spot on the third line Saturday.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Has season-low TOI

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi was benched for most of the third period and had a season-low 7:56 time on ice in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.During his post-game press conference, coach Claude Julien mentioned Kotkaniemi letting his player go on a couple of shifts that led to Chicago scoring chances. The 18-year-old has been mostly good through the first three quarters of the season, but Julien has soured recently, including making him a healthy scratch for the first two games of the recent California trip.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: No points in return

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi (rest) had three hits and two shots in 15:03 as the Montreal Canadiens took an 8-2 loss to the Ducks on Friday.Kotkaniemi was rested in the first two games of the Canadiens' California trip, and he was unable to make much of an impact in a lopsided loss to close out the trek. He has some appeal in deeper leagues with 32 points in 67 games, and may be a target for fantasy owners in dynasty formats as a first-round pick from the 2018 draft.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Back in lineup Friday

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi (rest) will be back in action versus the Ducks on Friday, Dan Arritt of NHL.com reports.Kotkaniemi was held out the last two games for what coach Claude Julien referred to as rest, rather than simply labeling the center a healthy scratch. The youngster figures to slot into a bottom-six role and will look to pick up where he left off with five points in his last seven outings.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Scratched again

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi (rest) will remain out of the lineup against San Jose on Thursday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.While Kotkaniemi was held out of the lineup initially in order to rest, his exclusion for Thursday's tilt likely is due to the fact the Habs won 3-1 against Los Angeles on Tuesday, and coach Claude Julien doesn't want to change a winning lineup. The Finnish center has racked up 32 points in 66 games and put together a solid rookie campaign.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Sitting out Tuesday

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi will take a night off Tuesday for rest purposes, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.Coach Claude Julien indicated that Kotkaniemi displayed some signs of fatigue in the team's last game against the Penguins on Saturday, so the 18-year-old will take a night off to rest up. The rookie hasn't played more than 57 games in a season and has already played in 66 this season, so he's likely working on fumes late in the campaign. After a night off, there's a good chance he will be ready to roll Thursday against the Sharks.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Tallies game-winner

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi logged a goal and two hits while winning seven of 15 faceoffs in Thursday's 5-1 win over Philadelphia.Kotkaniemi's goal -- his 11th -- a little more than three minutes into the game, was the eventual game-winner for the Montreal Canadiens, who have won two straight after a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). Coach Claude Julien has mostly protected the 18-year-old center, but he's steadily given Kotkaniemi more playing time since the start of the season, including minutes on the power play. And seeing him take 15 draws is another sign of the coach's confidence. Kotkaniemi, who averages 10.6 faceoffs per game for the season, is averaging 15 per game during the month of February.

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    Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Tallies two helpers in home win

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi picked up a pair of even-strength assists in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets.Kotkaniemi continues to impress in his rookie campaign, as the two points give him 31 through 61 games. The 18-year-old has played exclusively in the NHL in 2018-19, and with each passing game is showing why Montreal selected him third overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.