Kuokkanen had a goal and two assists in Thursday's 6-3 win over Buffalo.
Kuokkanen set up goals by linemates Jack Hughes and Yegor Sharangovich, and they returned the favor by teeing the Finn up for an empty-netter to finish the scoring. Though he came into this game mired in a six-game point drought and 12-game goal drought, Kuokkanen still has a solid 19 points in 33 games this season. He's carving out a nice role for himself at the NHL level after failing to record a point in 12 appearances spread across three seasons prior to this one.
Kuokkanen dished out a pair of assists and had two shots in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Philadelphia.
Kuokkanen set up Kyle Palmieri's power-play marker late in the first period and Yegor Sharangovich's even-strength strike to give the Devils a 3-1 lead. The 22-year-old Kuokkanen has been on a tremendous run the past two weeks, landing on the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games, with four goals and five assists during that stretch. He also boasts a healthy plus-7 rating in that time.
Kuokkanen scored a power-play goal on his lone shot and added two PIM in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Sunday.
Kuokkanen got the Devils on the board 5:12 into the game, jumping on a rebound and sweeping a backhander past New York netminder Ilya Sorokin. It was the fourth consecutive game with a goal for the 22-year-old, who had scored just once in his first 28 NHL games prior to his current streak. The bubble is bound to burst eventually -- Kuokkanen's last four goals have come on just six shots -- but it's a positive development for the Devils nonetheless.
Kuokkanen scored a goal on his only shot Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Islanders.
Kuokkanen gave the Devils a 2-1 lead just 64 seconds into the second period, diving to poke home a loose puck at the side of the crease. After scoring just once in his first 16 games, the 22-year-old has suddenly found the back of the net in each of his last three outings. However, those three goals have come on just five shots, so it's obviously not a sustainable pace for Kuokkanen.
Kuokkanen scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Capitals.
He potted New Jersey's first goal of the night in the second period, then helped the team stage a third-period comeback and force OT by helping set up Yegor Sharangovich. Kuokkanen hadn't found the scoresheet in any of his prior six games, and despite his current top-line assignment, the 22-year-old has only two goals and eight points through 17 contests.
Kuokkanen has been added to New Jersey's active roster ahead of Thursday's game versus the Rangers, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Kuokkanen is expected to skate on the Devils' second line Thursday. He's totaled six points in 13 games this season.
The Devils reassigned Kuokkanen to the taxi squad Thursday.
The Finn has played all but one game for the Devils this season, earning one goal and six points across 12:01 of average ice time. This news suggests that Kuokkanen will be out of the lineup when his team takes on the Sabres on Thursday. Kuokkanen was replaced by Yegor Sharangovich on the active roster.
Kuokkanen picked up three assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
The Devils aren't yet back at full strength as Nico Hischier and others remain in the COVID-19 protocols, and Kuokkanen took full advantage of the opportunity. The 22-year-old doubled his point total on the season in one fell swoop, but he was hot before the team's long layoff, collecting his other three points in New Jersey's prior four games. Kuokkanen was expected to eventually return to a depth role once everyone is healthy, but if the 2016 second-round pick keeps producing, he could well hold onto a significant role and carve out a spot for himself as part of the team's young core.
Kuokkanen has been removed from the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
New Jersey still has 13 players in the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list, but Kuokkanen was one of five Devils removed Saturday, so the team finally appears to be trending in the right direction. For now, Jersey's next game is scheduled for Tuesday versus the Rangers.
Kuokkanen was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Monday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Kuokkanen is one of 10 of New Jersey's players in COVID-19 protocol. The Devils have had their next three games postponed, so the earliest that they'll return to action is Feb. 9 against the Penguins.
Kuokkanen dished out a helper in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Flyers.
Kuokkanen notched his first NHL point in his 18th game spread across four seasons. The 22-year-old winger also mustered one shot on goal, giving him four in the last three games after he failed to register a shot in his first three appearances this season.
Kuokkanen is on New Jersey's training camp roster, per the NHL's official media site.
Kuokkanen was previously on loan with Karpat of Finland's Liiga, where he picked up seven points in 16 games, but he's currently practicing with the Devils and competing for a spot in New Jersey's bottom six. The 22-year-old Finn only appeared in one NHL game last campaign, but he was highly productive in the minors, racking up 15 goals and 48 points in 56 games split between Charlotte and Binghamton.
New Jersey loaned Kuokkanen to Oulun Karpat Oy of Finland's Liiga on Thursday.
Kuokkanen spent most of his time in the AHL in 2019-20, racking up 15 goals and 48 points in 56 games split between Charlotte and Binghamton, but he also appeared in one game with the Devils, going scoreless in 12:04 of ice time. The 2016 second-round pick will head to Finland for now, but he'll be recalled ahead of next season's training camp, and he should have a good shot at making New Jersey's Opening Night roster.
Kuokkanen was sent down to AHL Binghamton on Monday.
The Devils acquired Kuokkanen from the Hurricanes in February as part of the Sami Vatanen deal. The 21-year-old forward suited up for one game with New Jersey, recording three hits in just over 12 minutes of ice time. He's tallied 48 points in 56 AHL contests this season.
Kuokkanen returned to New Jersey from the minors Monday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Kuokkanen racked up three goals and three helpers in four games since joining AHL Binghamton at the trade deadline. His offensive upside appears to have earned him a promotion from the minors and could open the door for him to make his Devils debut. In his previous NHL outings with Carolina, the 21-year-old notched zero points, 12 shots and four blocks in 11 contests.
Kuokkanen was sent down to AHL Binghamton on Sunday.
Kuokkanen didn't crack the Devils' lineup during his brief stint with the big club, but he could earn another recall later this month. Since being acquired from the Hurricanes at the trade deadline, the 21-year-old winger has six points in four AHL appearances.
The Devils promoted Kuokkanen from AHL Binghamton on Saturday.
Kuokkanen has been highly productive in the minors this season, racking up 15 goals and 48 points in 56 games split between Charlotte and Binghamton. He could make his Devils debut as soon as Saturday against the Rangers.
The Devils acquired Kuokkanen, Fredrik Claesson and a second-round pick from the Hurricanes for Sami Vatanen (leg) on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
The Devils continue to take on prospects during their sell mode, and Kuokkanen is a player who could contribute soon. The 2016 second-round pick (43rd overall) is a good-sized forward (6-foot-1, 190 pounds), and he's been quite productive with AHL Charlotte this year, generating 42 points through 52 games. The 21-year-old may start out with AHL Binghamton, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Devils afford him some games at the top level down the stretch.
Kuokkanen (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's preseason game against the Lightning, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Kuokkanen underwent season-ending surgery in mid-March to address an unspecified injury, but his presence on Tuesday's game-day roster suggests he's put that issue behind him. The 21-year-old Finn, who racked up 12 goals and 38 points in 48 games with AHL Charlotte last campaign, will be battling with several other youngsters for one of the last spots on the big club's Opening Night roster during training camp.
Kuokkanen will undergo surgery in two weeks for an unspecified injury, and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Details of the injury have not been released, but AHL Charlotte head coach Mike Vellucci confirmed earlier this week that the issue will indeed sideline the 20-year-old Finn until next season. Kuokkanen was among the leading scorers for the Checks, with 12 goals and 26 assists in 48 games in 2018-19. He is expected to challenge for a roster spot with the Hurricanes next season, assuming he's healthy.
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|04/11||vs PIT||L 2-5||0||0||0||-2||15:05|
|04/09||vs PIT||L 4-6||0||1||1||-2||15:03|
|04/08||@ BUF||W 6-3||1||2||3||+3||15:58|
|04/06||vs BUF||L 3-5||0||0||0||-2||18:45|
|04/04||vs WAS||L 4-5||0||0||0||-2||15:21|
|04/02||vs WAS||L 1-2 (OT)||0||0||0||0||16:47|
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