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October 21, 2020 03:20 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Will start year overseas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen will begin the 2020-21 campaign on loan with Finnish club HPK.

Vesalainen saw action in five games with the Jets this year in which he registered one assist, one shot and one hit while averaging 6:50 of ice time. The winger should be capable of competing for a spot in the 23-man during training camp but could still spend some time in the minors.

January 23, 2020 05:36 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Headed to AHL affiliate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets sent Vesalainen to AHL Manitoba on Thursday.

Winnipeg wants Vesalainen to continue playing during the NHL's All-Star break, so he'll head to Manitoba for now, but the 20-year-old winger will likely be back with the Jets ahead of their Jan. 31 matchup with the Bruins.

January 21, 2020 04:08 AM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Rises to big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets recalled Vesalainen from AHL Manitoba on Monday.

Vesalainen has been solid in the minor-league ranks, accruing 22 points through 44 games, and his services are needed at the top level with Adam Lowry (upper body) facing a long-term absence. The Jets have 12 healthy forwards without Vesalainen, so we'll have to wait until morning skate before knowing if he'll play in Tuesday's matchup versus the Hurricanes.

November 18, 2019 03:00 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: AHL play improving
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen tallied a goal and an assist in AHL Manitoba's 5-2 win over San Antonio on Sunday.

While his overall numbers (three goals, eight points in 17 games) remain nothing to write home about, Vesalainen has played better of late. He has points in five of his past eight contests after hitting the score sheet just once in his first nine games. Vesalainen has more offensive ability than he knows what to do with, but his development has been slower than Winnipeg hoped/expected after spending the No. 24 overall selection on the talented Finn back in 2017.

September 27, 2019 07:32 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Reassigned to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen was sent down to AHL Manitoba on Friday.

Vesalainen split time between the KHL and AHL last season, notching six goals and 11 helpers in 31 appearances for Helsinki Jokerit before adding 13 points in 22 games with Manitoba. The Finn will start the year in the minors, but should be one of the first players the Jets turn to when dealing with injuries up front this year.

September 17, 2019 05:01 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: In lineup Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen (undisclosed) will dress in Wednesday's preseason matchup with Minnesota.

Vesalainen played in just five games for the Jets last season, in which he tallied one helpers, one shot and one block while averaging 6:50 of ice time. In 22 games for AHL Manitoba, the Finn fared significantly better, as he picked up 13 points. Barring a disappointing camp performance, the 20-year-old should earn a spot in the lineup for Opening Night versus the Rangers on Oct. 3.

September 14, 2019 03:44 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Fine after car accident
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen was involved in a car accident Friday but is OK, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.

Despite coach Paul Maurice saying he's fine, Vesalainen didn't practice with the team Saturday and instead skated in a separate session. He shouldn't be out long, which is good since the 20-year-old has a solid chance of making the Jets' final roster. Vesalainen played 22 games with AHL Manitoba last year and posted 13 points there.

March 11, 2019 12:40 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Bound for North America
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen will link up with AHL Manitoba for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign in order to make him available for the Jets, Pekka Jalonen of Iltalehti reports.

Vesalainen notched six goals and 11 helpers with KHL Jokerit this season and will rejoin the Moose. In his previous AHL stint, the 19-year-old recorded eights points in eight games. If an injury crops up down the stretch for Winnipeg, the Finnish winger figures to be atop the short list of potential call-ups.

November 22, 2018 04:36 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Heads overseas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets assigned Vesalainen to Jokerit of the KHL on Thursday.

The Jets would've preferred to have Vesalainen remain with their AHL affiliate, but the 19-year-old forward has decided to exercise the out in his contract that allows him to head overseas to make significantly more money while playing in Russia's top league. The 2017 first-round pick will be back in North America for Winnipeg's training camp in September.

November 20, 2018 03:44 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Returned to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen was reassigned to AHL Manitoba on Tuesday, Jim Toth of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.

With his demotion, speculation will no doubt start to grow regarding whether Vesalainen will utilize the release clause in his contract to head overseas and play in the KHL. The winger has tallied eight points in as many games for the Moose, but may not be happy playing in North America's No. 2 league.

November 16, 2018 09:56 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Jumps to big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen was recalled by the Jets on Friday, Sara Orlesky of reports.

Vesalainen was considering heading back to Europe to play in the KHL since he has an out clause in his NHL contract, but he'll stick now that he's received the call-up. According to Orlesky, the 19-year-old winger can still head to Europe if he's reassigned. A first-round pick in 2017, Vesalainen has three goals and eight points with AHL Manitoba this year. His next chance to play with the Jets could be Friday against the Sabres, and it appears he'll join the team for its upcoming road trip starting Monday in Vancouver.

November 15, 2018 12:18 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Could be headed back to Europe
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen appears to be bound for the KHL after Jokerit bought the player's rights from another club, Pekka Jalonen of Iltalehti reports.

Vesalainen's contract includes on out clause for the 2018-19 campaign, which would allow him to go to the KHL, per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun. The 19-year-old has racked up three goals and five assists in eight games for AHL Manitoba this season, but with no call-up forthcoming, he may have decided a return to Europe was the best thing for his long-term development.

October 19, 2018 10:28 AM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Shipped down to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen was reassigned to AHL Manitoba on Friday.

Considering the Jets didn't promote another player -- combined with the fact the Moose are in action at home Friday -- the demotion for Vesalainen is likely temporary ahead of Saturday's matchup with Arizona. Whether the winger can reclaim his spot in the lineup from Brendan Lemieux is another story. The youngster Vesalainen has one assist in his first five games, which is actually decent production considering he was averaging a mere 6:50 of ice time per game. Until he can secure a more prominent role, the Finn is unlikely to offer much in terms of fantasy value.

September 29, 2018 11:52 AM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Presenting strong case to play in NHL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen has a good chance of cracking the Opening Night roster with the Jets, writes Murat Ates of The Athletic.

The Jets have played their final preseason game, and the fact that Vesalainen is still practicing with the big club four days ahead of the regular-season opener is a strong indication that the Finnish winger prospect is assured a roster spot. Selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Vasalainen is just 19 years old, and he'd almost certainly claim a bottom-six role in the NHL, so temper your expectations for now.

August 26, 2018 05:20 PM
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Inks entry-level deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vesalainen signed a three-year, entry-level deal worth $1.492 million annually with Winnipeg on Sunday.

Vesalainen was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft but remained in the Finnish Elite League. The 6-foot-3 forward scored 22 goals and 43 points across 49 games last season. Vesalainen still appears to be a few years away from NHL action.

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