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.
Kuokkanen was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Tuesday.
Kuokkanen was Carolina's second-round (43rd overall) pick from the 2016 draft, but he hasn't been able to pay immediate dividends. The Finn has been held pointless with a cumulative minus-5 rating between 11 games at the top level starting with his NHL debut last season.
Kuokkanen was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Wednesday.
Kuokkanen will report back to Carolina after being reassigned just a few short days ago. With Jordan Staal nursing an upper-body injury, the 20-year-old figures to draw into Carolina's lineup for a game or two. He's pointless in four contests with the Hurricanes in 2018-19, but Kuokkanen has been on fire at the minor-league level, tallying 27 points in 29 games this season.
The Hurricanes reassigned Kuokkanen to AHL Charlotte on Sunday.
Kuokkanen was brought up Saturday since Jordan Staal was dealing with an upper-body injury. The 20-year-old entered the lineup in Sunday's win over the Bruins and fired two shots on goal while logging 11:11 of ice time, including power-play minutes. If Staal is still battling his condition after the holiday break, Kuokkanen could be recalled again.
The Hurricanes recalled Kuokkanen on Saturday.
Since Jordan Staal took a hit to the head in Saturday's game versus the Penguins, the Hurricanes called up Kuokkanen and Clark Bishop. One of the two will be expected to replace Staal in the lineup. Kuokkanen has impressed with AHL Charlotte this season, racking up 27 points in 28 games.
Kuokkanen was demoted to AHL Charlotte on Sunday.
The rookie forward has played seven NHL games over the last two years but has yet to record a point. However, he dominated at the AHL level earlier this season, scoring 11 goals and 27 points in 26 contests.
Kuokkanen was called up from AHL Charlotte on Wednesday.
Carolina isn't gaining much ground in the Metropolitan Division -- the team is in sixth place within that grouping -- but Kuokkanen could change the dynamic since he's such a promising winger prospect. Selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2016 draft, the Finn has compiled 22 goals, 45 assists and a shiny plus-25 rating over 86 contests with the AHL's Checkers. He boasts a strong two-way game, but the question remains if he'll actually hit the ice for the Hurricanes in the near term. Jordan Staal (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, but it was a retroactive move, and he'll be able to return as soon as Thursday evening against the Canadiens. Kuokkanen may need Staal or Micheal Ferland (upper body) to sit out the next game for a shot at his season debut.
Kuokkanen scored a goal on two shots and added two assists, all on the power play, in Wednesday's 6-1 preseason win over the Lightning.
The 20-year-old opened the scoring midway through the first period before adding his helpers as the 'Canes pulled away in the third. Kuokkanen showed strong chemistry with veteran Justin Williams in this one, and while his 11 goals and 40 points in 60 games last season for AHL Charlotte don't leap off the page, it was still a solid showing for a teenager playing his first full campaign as a pro. The 2016 second-round pick could be ready to make the leap to the NHL and add his length, smooth passing and elite hockey IQ to Carolina's forward ranks.
Kuokkanen was sent down to AHL Charlotte on Monday.
After watching from the press box for six straight outings, Kuokkanen made one final appearance for the Hurricanes on Sunday before getting demoted. It shouldn't come as a surprise the club doesn't want the 19-year-old just sitting around not playing. The second-round pick should get more ice time down in the minors with the Checkers.
Kuokkanen sat out as a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game Thursday against the Maple Leafs.
A surprise roster addition to start the season, the rookie played in the Canes' first three games, but did not make much of an impact and has not suited up since. It's difficult to foresee Kuokkanen getting back into the lineup anytime soon, so he should obviously not be on anyone's fantasy roster right now, outside of ultra-deep keeper leagues.
Kuokkanen is on the Hurricanes' roster for Opening Night, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
With Lee Stempniak starting the season on IR due to a back injury, the 19-year-old Finn was needed to step in and fill the void along with 18-year-old Martin Necas. Kuokkanen spent time during the preseason on a scoring line with Victor Rask and Teuvo Teravainen, but is more likely to be used in a checking-line capacity once the regular season starts. As such, he does not boast significant fantasy value at the current time.
Kuokkanen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on Thursday.
The Hurricanes selected Kuokkanen with the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The Finnish winger appeared in 60 games with the London Knights of the OHL this season, racking up an impressive 62 points (26 goals, 36 assists) over that span. He's only 18 years old and will likely spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in the AHL getting accustomed to the rigors of professional hockey in North America, but he could secure a regular role with the big club as soon as 2018-19. Kuokkanen is a name to keep an eye on in dynasty formats.
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