C/W Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Ässät, Liiga (2018 Draft)

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  1. FinPanda

    FinPanda Barkov #16

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    He looks like he is the best 2000 born Finn at the moment, at least for the 2018 Draft. He has played with Ãssät A-juniors this season and he has 13 points (4+9) in 16 games.

    I don't think any other 2000 born Finn have played in the U20 league yet, so it's nice to see him produce also so well. Maybe he is the next best center coming from Finland after Barkov.

    At the same age Barkov had 17 points in 25 games, so he has been good.

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi

     
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    Ässät seems to be a more high-scoring team than Barkov's Tappara was at the time, so Kotkaniemi's offensive numbers are perhaps a bit inflated. Intriguing prospect nonetheless.
     
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    his team seems to have quite stacked offence, he has been playing as 3rd line winger 10-12min/game. Very exciting numbers as there are only handful of players matching his stats including Laine, Pulju, Saarela and Barkov.
     
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    Mikael's kid?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Kotkaniemi has more than held his own in the U20 league. In fact, he appears to be a very smart player in that he makes himself constantly available for passes and makes really smart plays - no difficult passes to put his teammates in a bad position. Pretty sharp without the puck, doesn't take shifts off, applies pressure on opponents. Skating is pretty good for his age - may not have high-level acceleration but plays with good pace and is able to make plays at varying speeds.
     
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    FinPanda Barkov #16

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    FinPanda Barkov #16

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    At the youth olympics he had 3+4 in 6 games. Only 0+2 vs Norway.
     
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    Anybody out there know what is up with Jesperi? I can't find any numbers for him so far for the 2016/17 season
     
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    He was in surgery at summer and hasn't returned yet. I think he is back in training but he is wearing non-contact jersey.

    Too bad that he has missed about a half of season but he should return to play in one month or so.
     
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    FinPanda Barkov #16

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    He'll play tonight, finally.
     
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    Kotkaniemi has 1 goal and 4 assist on 6 games.
     
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    Anybody know if he is planning on staying with Ässät or moving to North America for his draft season?
     
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    Mikael was an okay player; hopefully the kin only gets better down the road.
     
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    Thanks for the update
     
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    Looks like a pretty nice stat line for missing almost the entire season so far. Anybody catch him live?
     
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    I did today. This is what I wrote for finnprospects.com:
     
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    Scored a hattrick tonight at his (first?) u20 playoff game:

     
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    He's actually pretty tall, for some reason I thought he was much shorter. I must have had him and Heponiemi confused.
     
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    Excuse my ignorance but is it common for an U-18 guy to play U-20 and be producing well?
     
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    This kid is very good. I think he could be a top 15 pick.
     
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    Hows his skating? ( Agility, acceleration etc )
     
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    Next M.Koivu/Barkov?
     

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