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August 14, 2020 11:24 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Lights lamp twice in Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi scored two goals, one on the power play, in Friday's 5-0 win over the Flyers during Game 2 of Montreal's first-round series.

The third overall pick in the 2018 draft continues to show signs of life. Kotkaniemi banged home a dirty goal from Carter Hart's doorstep midway through the first period to give the Habs a 2-0 lead, then capped the scoring in the third by snapping a puck under Brian Elliott's arm from the slot for a power-play tally. The kid now has four goals in six playoff games, an impressive performance after Kotkaniemi scored only six goals and eight points in 36 regular-season contests.

August 3, 2020 11:44 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Scores again Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi potted a goal in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Penguins in Game 2.

Kotkaniemi has scored a goal in each of the two games in the series so far. The third overall pick from 2018 struggled with eight points and a minus-11 rating in 36 games during the regular season, which also saw him spend some time with AHL Laval. The 20-year-old Finn is making an impact from the third line -- perhaps a glimmer of what's to come in Kotkaniemi's future.

August 3, 2020 12:24 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Opens scoring Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi scored a goal on two shots versus Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Kotkaniemi logged 13:49 of ice time as the third-line center Saturday, including 1:57 with the man advantage. As long as he maintains his spot with the No. 2 power-play unit, the Finn could be a prime low-cost value play in DFS contests Monday.

June 26, 2020 08:12 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Ready for training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi (abdomen) is expected to be a full participant at Montreal's upcoming pre-postseason training camp, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.

Kotkaniemi was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering a spleen injury while playing for AHL Laval in early March, but the NHL's extended hiatus has evidently afforded the 19-year-old pivot enough time to make a full recovery. The third overall pick from the 2018 Draft will be available for the Canadiens' play-in round against the Penguins, but at this point there's no telling whether coach Claude Julien will opt to insert him into the lineup. Kotkaniemi notched six goals and eight points while posting a minus-11 rating in 36 top-level games before being sent to the minors Feb. 1.

March 11, 2020 04:28 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Officially done for the year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign with a spleen injury, Eric Engels of reports.

Kotkaniemi struggled at the NHL level this season, notching six goals and eight points while posting a minus-11 rating in 36 games, but he excelled in the minors after being sent down on Feb. 1, racking up 13 points in 13 games. The third overall pick from the 2018 draft should be an everyday player for the Canadiens in 2020-21.

March 9, 2020 02:04 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Out indefinitely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi (abdomen) is without a specific recovery timeline after returning to Montreal, Eric Engels of reports.

At this point, Kotkaniemi figures to miss the rest of the 2019-20 campaign, especially if he requires surgery. The Finn likely would have earned an additional call-up this season after appearing in 36 contests for the Habs, though now that seems unlikely. Heading into the 2020-21 campaign, the 19-year-old should be in the mix for a spot on the 23-man roster.

March 7, 2020 05:28 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Suffers splenic injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi suffered a splenic injury during Friday's game against AHL Cleveland.

Kotkaniemi was taken to a hospital in Cleveland after exiting Friday's game, where he spent the night under observation, but he's scheduled to return to Montreal on Saturday, where he'll undergo further evaluation by the Canadiens' medical staff. Another update on the 19-year-old forward's status should be released in the coming days.

February 2, 2020 08:16 AM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Centers Laval's top line
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi had an assist, one shot and a two-minute minor in his first game for AHL Laval on Saturday.

Kotkaniemi lined up as the Rocket's top-line center in the first game after being sent down by Montreal, which will rely on veterans while it still has a shot at the postseason. The young Finn dealt with injuries at the NHL level -- he missed seven games with a groin injury and another eight due to a concussion -- which may have played a role in his disappointing sophomore season. At the time he was sent down, Kotkaniemi had just eight points and was a team-worst minus-11 over 36 games. The Canadiens will give Kotkaniemi more ice time and opportunities to work on his faceoff skills at Laval. He made the jump from Finland straight to the NHL as an 18-year-old last season, so perhaps this is the reset he needs.

February 1, 2020 11:24 AM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Heading down to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Canadiens assigned Kotkaniemi to AHL Laval on Saturday.

Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch during Thursday's win over the Sabres, and the 2018 third-overall pick has struggled greatly in his second NHL season. After producing 34 points last year, the 19-year-old has registered just eight points through 36 games with the Habs. Kotkaniemi has never played in the AHL, but hopefully, this will serve as a solid reset with top-line duties on tap.

January 31, 2020 10:40 AM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Not active Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Sabres.

The return of Brendan Gallagher from a concussion prompted Canadiens head coach Claude Julien to reconfigure his lines. One element of that makeover was making Kotkaniemi a healthy scratch. Echoing his rookie season, Kotkaniemi appears to have hit a wall at the same point he did during 2018-19. The 19-year-old Finn has just one point in his last 12 games. Max Domi replaced Kotkaniemi as the third-line center.

January 12, 2020 01:16 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Inconsistent ice time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi had two shots, one hit and was minus-1 over 12:52 of ice time in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the Senators.

Kotkaniemi had averaged 14:38 of ice time in the two previous games before head coach Claude Julien shaved off nearly two minutes off ice time in Saturday's win. The Canadiens entered the game with just one measly point over the last eight games, so they were desperate to pull out a win against one of the NHL's worst. As such, Julien cut back on shifts for several players once Ottawa took control of the play late in the second period. That included Kotkaniemi, who played just 1:04 in the third period and never got off the bench after his line ceded the game-tying goal with six-and-a-half minutes remaining in regulation. This up-and-down pattern of playing time has been common for the 19-year-old under the stewardship of Julien.

January 10, 2020 07:40 AM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Scores in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi scored a goal on his only shot in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Oilers. He added one hit and one block over 14:39 of ice time.

Kotkaniemi scored his sixth goal of the campaign and third in the eight games since his return from a concussion. The 19-year-old has just eight points and his minus-10 through 30 games is a team low, but he has improved his shooting percentage. Kotkaniemi has scored on 13.3 percent of his shots in 2019-20, up from 8.2 percent during his rookie season.

December 29, 2019 11:08 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Scores with man advantage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi scored a power-play goal on two shots and had two PIM in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Panthers. He also won all five of his faceoff attempts.

Kotkaniemi struck for his fifth goal of the season -- first on the power play -- four minutes into the third period to pull the Canadiens to within 6-4. It was his second straight game with a goal and his third goal in the last seven games, offering some hope that he's ready to provide more offense.

December 29, 2019 09:28 AM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Scores goal in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi scored a goal on three shots over 13:42 of ice time in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Lightning.

Kotkaniemi returned to the lineup after missing eight games due to a concussion and made his presence immediately noticeable. At 2:08 of the first period, he corralled a loose puck in the faceoff circle to the right of Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and beat him short side. It was Kotkaniemi's fourth goal of the season and third on the road. All 11 of the 19-year-old's goals in 2018 were scored at home in the Bell Centre.

December 27, 2019 09:08 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Will play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi (concussion) will be in the lineup against the Lightning on Saturday.

Kotkaniemi has missed the Habs' previous eight contests due to his concussion but appears set to slot into a third-line role Saturday. In 22 games this year, the Finn has managed just five points and 29 shots while averaging 12:39 of ice time. In order to clear a spot on the 23-man roster for the 19-year-old, the club figures to designate Joel Armia (hand) for injured reserve.

December 23, 2019 02:52 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Still sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi (concussion) isn't in the projected lineup for Monday's matchup with Winnipeg,'s Darrin Bauming reports.

Kotkaniemi is still working his way back from a concussion, and although he's been skating recently, there's no clear timeline for his return. The 19-year-old pivot is on injured reserve, so his activation will be the best indicator that his return is imminent.

December 19, 2019 10:28 AM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: No practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi (concussion) did not practice with teammates Wednesday but skated after the session, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

Kotkaniemi, who had practiced with teammates while wearing a non-contact jersey Monday, skated with a member of the team's training staff and Victor Mete (ankle) while wearing the non-contact sweater. This news suggests he will not suit up for Thursday's game at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome. He has missed the last five games due to his concussion.

December 17, 2019 11:56 AM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Practices Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi (concussion) practiced on Monday for the first time since being injured, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

Kotkaniemi wore a non-contact jersey and was the spare forward at practice. He's expected to return at some point during Montreal's four-game road trip through Western Canada, which drops Tuesday in Vancouver.

December 14, 2019 07:12 PM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Skates Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi (concussion) and Victor Mete (ankle) skated by themselves Friday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

Head coach Claude Julien thinks both players could return Tuesday when Montreal kicks off a road trip in Western Canada. "Those two guys, a decision will be made probably tomorrow night in letting us know whether they're going to join us on this road trip or not," Julien said. Kotkaniemi has three goals and two assists while going minus-6 through 22 games.

December 12, 2019 12:48 AM
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Designated for injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kotkaniemi (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

As a result of his IR designation, Kotkaniemi won't be available versus Ottawa on Wednesday, but he could be activated any time thereafter. The center has already missed two games after getting hurt against the the Avs on Dec. 5. Prior to suffering his concussion, the Finn managed just two points in his previous 10 outings. He is firmly affixed in a bottom-six role.

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