2017 NHL Entry Draft

Kristian Vesalainen

KRISTIAN VESALAINENFinland

WINNIPEG • ROUND: 1 OVERALL: 24

 

Previous Team: Gothenburg Frolunda (SHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 19

Vital Statistics

Position: RW • Height: 6-2¾ • Weight: 202 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: June 1, 1999 • Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Gothenburg Frolunda (Sweden U20); Hameenlinna (Liiga)
Agent: Jukka Tillikainen (The Sports Corporation)
KHL Draft: 2016 by St. Petersburg (Round 1, No. 19 Overall)
SHL Debut: Oct. 23, 2015 (Gothenburg at Karlskrona)
First SHL Goal: Feb. 20, 2016 (Gothenburg vs. Orebro)

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Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "I didn't like the (midseason) move from Sweden to Finland. The size of ice is different, and he got more confused. You can see he has everything to be a top-six forward. Once he gets drafted, he can relax." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "A big power forward lacking intensity. Too many fly-bys. Skates well for a guy this size, and also possesses high-end puck-handling. Uses his reach to keep the puck away from defenders along the wall. There are questions about his drive and desire." (Marc-Olivier Pratte, ISS Scout)

• "There were shifts (at the World Under-18's) where he looked like Jagr. They couldn’t take the puck off of him. He would just rag it around. He’s got some skill, he made plays, he shoots it. This guy may be just scratching the surface. That was kind of a coming out party for him I thought. He looked very good." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "I actually really like a lot of aspects of his game. He’s big, smart, powerful and can really skate. I just don’t see the skill level to rank him as high as some scouts tell me they have him." (Mark Edwards, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Moves out of corners easily and drives the net with authority. Beats d-men in different ways: off the rush with outside speed, using finesse moves, or he can dangle in tight." (Red Line Report)