Kotkaniemi posted an assist in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Canucks.
Kotkaniemi had the lone assist on Joel Armia's second goal of the game at 16:30 of the second period. Playing the Canucks has done Kotkaniemi's offense well -- he has three points in the last two games to account for all of his offense this year. The Finn has added 12 hits, 11 shots on goal and a plus-3 rating through five contests overall.
Kotkaniemi scored a goal and added an assist in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks.
Kotkaniemi set up the first goal of Tyler Toffoli's hat trick and later scored one of his own in the third period. In addition to the two points, Kotkaniemi had two hits, two PIM, a pair of shots and a plus-2 rating in 13:20 of ice time. The third overall pick from 2018 is locked into a third-line center role behind Phillip Danault and Nick Suzuki. Kotkaniemi will get his chances on offense -- he's recorded nine shots through four games and he should click with Toffoli sooner rather than later.
Kotkaniemi was assigned to the taxi squad Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
This is purely for administrative purposes, perhaps to maneuver the salary cap, and the 20-year-old will be called back up for Wednesday's game against the Canucks. Kotkaniemi failed to post a point through the first three games, but he's tacked on 10 hits and seven shots on net.
Kotkaniemi had five shots, four hits and a blocked shot over 11:45 of ice time in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Kotkaniemi is one of three Canadiens without a point through three games, including linemate Joel Armia, but the third-year center looks more aggressive and confident. His growing confidence is evident in his willingness to shoot more and use of his body. Kotkaniemi has seven shots and a team-high tying 10 hits through three games.
Kotkaniemi will head back to North America following the end of his loan agreement with Pori Assat, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Kotkaniemi was limited to just 36 games with the Habs this season, in part due to injuries. In those appearances, the 20-year-old center recorded six goals on 55 shots, two assists and a minus-11 rating while averaging 13:00 of ice time. Kotkaniemi will likely take on a bottom-six role for Montreal this year, though he could challenge Nick Suzuki for a spot on the second line.
Kotkaniemi scored a power-play and a short-handed goal for Pori Assat in Wednesday's game against Lahti in SM-Liiga action, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Kotkaniemi was on the ice for 19:43 during Wednesday's game and won 61 percent of his faceoffs. Kotkaniemi, who is on loan from the Canadiens to his hometown team in Finland, has started to produce after going pointless over his first four games with the Aces. The 20-year-old forward has two goals and three assists in the last four games.
Kotkaniemi is averaging over 20 minutes of ice time since joining Assat of the Finnish Liiga, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
In his first two games, Kotkaniemi led all forwards with 20:24 of ice time, then played 21:28 in a shootout win. He's never averaged this much time while with the Canadiens and is unlikely to average 20 minutes for Montreal this coming season, but the ability to play this much is important. If he's ever going to be a top-six forward, Kotkaniemi will need to be on the ice more than the 14 minutes he averaged in playoffs.
Kotkaniemi is expected to be loaned to his hometown club Pori Assat (Finland), Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Kotkaniemi was limited to just 36 games this season and was held to a mere eight points. If the center can stay healthy, he should get back to being a 30-point producer as he was during his rookie campaign back in 2018-19. The 19-year-old center figures to rejoin the Habs for the start of training camp and should be in line for a third-line center role.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kotkaniemi will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign with a spleen injury, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca 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.
Kotkaniemi (abdomen) is without a specific recovery timeline after returning to Montreal, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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