Player Discussion Jesperi Kotkaniemi (Part IX)

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  1. Archijerej

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    He's going to be a 19 years old kid playing in the NHL. Last year is basically the best you can reasonably expect from him at this stage of his development. Especially if he's used in tougher matchups next season. If he surpasses his offensive output significantly, that's fantastic. But I'm not holding my breath.
     
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    If he doesn't get top-6 ice time then he'll be hard pressed to have a better season statistically. No matter how good you are, when you're on the third line there's only so much you can do.

    I would also expect him to be less sheltered this coming year, which would hurt his numbers whether he gets better or not. Now this is talking strictly points not overall play. So it's quite possible he improves his game significantly, yet ends up with similar point totals.
     
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    The infamous “sophomore slump” perhaps
     
  4. DramaticGloveSave

    DramaticGloveSave Voice of Reason

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    Kotkaniemi wasn't good enough last year to have a sophomore slump. I sophomore slump for him would just be a another 40ish point season.
     
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  5. montreal

    montreal Go Habs Go

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    Kotka is tied for 45th overall in scoring for U-19 players all time but if you take out any players outside the 2000's, he would be 21st OA behind Crosby, Laine, Skinner, Mackinnon, Duchene, Hischer, RNH, Kovalchuk, Gagner, McDavid, Stamkos, Dahlin, Jordan Staal, Nash, Bergeron, Ekblad, Svechnikov, Gaborik, Nichushkin, Tim Connolly.
     
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    I see a sophomore explosion next season————Kotka will go Super Saiyan———

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    I imagine we all hope so. Wish he was fully healthy so he’d spend the whole offseason bulking since his biggest issue is clearly strength.
     
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    Well he was scratched after having like 6 points in his 10 previous games. Kid was probably overthinking it.
     
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    Well he better increase his production substantially or else go to Laval for a while.
     
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    peate Good grief!

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    the valiant effort settle down, bud

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    Typical sabotage from CJ
     
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    HOPE Goal Caufield!

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    honestely it is stupid... kid now days performs when they are comfortable in their environements, i get the point where you need to earn your spot but that should be strictly from a line up perspective. Spot reserved for vets in the Salon room? i'm pretty sure even veterans don't give a ****, where's the team bonding and chemistry when you create private space for groups?? that's so 1980.
     
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    LOL Clode "So what's your name?" - hahaha come on man the kid just landed... you have to think it's a joke. Kotka says he was 'poker faced' throughout that exchange, I mean there's no way CJ doesn't know Kotka's name by July 2018.

    If Kotka bursted out laughing instead of 'feeling weird', would he have been exhibiting 'lack of character'?? (re: you must know who I am, Clode)
     
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    CJ being a dick, whats new.

    The Vet thing is ******ed too, that would be the first thing on my agenda as GM or coach.
     
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    Kotkaniemi didn't even get a single top-5 vote for the Calder... What the f...

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    Mind blowing. Kahun and Marcus Pettersson getting votes over KK? It’s fine though. Barkov didn’t come close to winning it in his rookie season and look how he turned out.
     
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    The fun thing with Kotkaniemi is that he was drafted as a centerman... and actually played the center position from the start.

    I had not read the radio-canada article yet. My mistake.

    "Je ne sais pas si les gens le réalisent, mais c’est tout un saut de passer d’ailier gauche de troisième trio en Finlande à joueur de centre dans la Ligue nationale de hockey."
    --- Rough translation - I don't know if people realize it, but it'a big step going from the 3rd line as a left winger in Finland, to being a centerman in the NHL".
     
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    Kotkaniemi is a nice player but not an outstanding first line center. Suzuki or Peehling may supersede him. Anyway, the Habs have sufficient depth at that position.
     
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  22. Redux91

    Redux91 I do Three bullets.

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    Yeah, thats a great quote from a great article
    I gotta say I agree Julien doesnt come off too great in there lol..
     
  23. angusyoung

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    The kid has some tools and skill,he didn't show poorly last season. Has a nice shot and plays D not bad,and yet 18. Good smarts and passing ability,needs to work on getting faster though.
     
  24. peate

    peate Good grief!

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    That, and staying on his feet(skates).
     
  25. angusyoung

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    Ya well they got him listed at 6'2?3? and 185? he's not even close to that. I remember being that height and weight and it was only an issue in front of the net.
     

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