2018 NHL Entry Draft Prospect

Jesperi Kotkaniemi

JESPERI KOTKANIEMIFinland

Current Team: Pori Assat (Liiga)

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Vital Statistics

Position: LW/C • Height: 6-2 • Weight: 190 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: July 6, 2000 • Hometown: Pori, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Pori (Finland U16/U18/U20)
Finland Liiga Debut: Sept. 8, 2017 (Pori vs. Tampere Ilves)
First Finland Liiga Goal: Sept. 8, 2017 (Pori vs. Tampere Ilves)

IN THE NEWS:
Had Preseason Goal vs. SaiPa (in Finnish)
Dominant Power-Play Player  (in Finnish)
Goal vs. Russians in '16 Youth Olympics

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "A 6-foot-1 center scoring six points in the Under-18's well before he turns 17 is a good way to get scouts' interest for the upcoming season. He'll be closely perused at the Ivan Hlinka and a large part of Finland's team, perhaps as the club's first-line center." (Recrutes.ca 2017 Draft Guide)

• "A tremendous centre who sees the ice well and has good decision-making. He's a really calm and mature player with great vision. Kotkaniemi can be a great play-maker, but he's also a pretty good scorer. He has a quick release and an accurate wrist shot, and likes to go straight to the net, which is why he scored a lot of goals on rebounds. He's already quite a big kid, but that doesn't hinder his mobility. His technique is decent, and he's got good wheels. He has a long reach that he uses well, and good puck skills. His smarts are is his biggest asset." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)