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He also managed to play the middle of the ice for the majority of the campaign. He possesses soft and dangerous hands that allow him to maneuver in tight spaces and find seams. In continuing my series of comparing draft-eligible players, this week we have a monster. Behind Kotkaniemi and Poehling, the Canadiens also have Jacob Olofsson and Joni Ikonen who both look like they could become very good third-line centers.

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That’s all for tonight. Stepping onto the league’s runaway top squad is another thing altogether.

Ramblings: Top Frozen Tools Searches – Kotkaniemi, Pulock (July 4). Follow me on Twitter @JokkeNevalainen. Feel free to follow me on twitter at CrazyJoeDavola3, Tony Ferrari2020-10-12T15:34:09-04:00October 12th, 2020|, On this episode of Dobber’s DraftCast, hosts Tony Ferrari and Jokke Nevalainen take a look at the 2020 NHL Draft and how the selections on draft day compared to the DobberProspects' Scouting Team Top-100. Olofsson is a nice player but just seems destined for that third-line center role where he needs to focus on the defensive side of the game a bit more. When I asked him who the other player was, he said it was some Montreal player that he'd never heard of with a long name. His time in the middle of the ice during the 2017-18 campaign took place on the international stage. On the Islanders' power-play videos I could find, the Isles seem to position either Mathew Barzal or Jordan Eberle at or near the point. Those characteristics lend themselves well to creating time and space for himself and teammates. Not bad. The term, ‘slick’ is often attached to Kupari and for good reason. He exhibited an ability to dangle efficiently against men this past season and that projects as being a translatable skill to the NHL.

At the time of writing, we haven’t quite completed Round 1 yet. Everything is looking good for him to become a very good number two center for the Canadiens. As I have been each week, I'll focus on players new to the top of the search results. Two from the Finnish Liiga and two from the CHL.

Coincidentally, Kotkaniemi and Pettersson had a meeting last season that Canucks fans may remember for the wrong reasons. Finally, after Kärpät was eliminated from club play, Kupari was airlifted over the World U18 Championships. DobberHockey and Goalie Post launched in 2005, becoming the first independent fantasy hockey and starting goalie websites on the Internet. It wouldn’t be shocking if Kotkaniemi cracked the Canadiens’ roster right away. Kotkaniemi led the charge offensively for the U18 gold medal-winning squad. The Battle of the Centres – Part One (Kotkaniemi and Kupari), Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 10: Reviewing and Dissecting the 2020 NHL Draft, Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 9: Draft Rankings Top-100 Scouting Meeting, Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 8: U.S. Prospects with Chris Peters, Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 7: Swedish Prospects with Jimmy Hamrin, Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 6: 2020 NHL Draft Risers & Fallers with Will Scouch, Prospect Ramblings: Rounds 2 to 7 Winner and Losers, Prospect Ramblings: Round 1 Winners, Losers, and In-Betweeners. The Islanders' power play could be due for a reconfiguration, though. The Canadiens are not Cup contenders by any means, so Kotkaniemi’s development should be number one priority when making the decision of where he plays. His counting stats don’t jump off the page, but his skill set certainly does. Quinn Hughes), remember that Kotkaniemi went straight to the NHL after his draft season and will only turn 20 in a matter of days. However, it's Fourth of July weekend in the US, and COVID-19 cases stateside are not trending in the right direction.

Since the draft is in the Forum, you can follow along with the draft and read more about it here.

Pori Ässät team in the Finnish Liiga promoted today’s preseason game as “Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s final game in Pori for now”. Here are the top 10 Frozen Tools searches from the past week. DobberHockey and Goalie Post launched in 2005, becoming the first independent fantasy hockey and starting goalie websites on the Internet.

They may not even have the type of coaches who can properly help their youngsters. Poehling is a two-way center with good size (6-2, 183), and he’s probably ready to jump to the NHL after his college season is over. For more fantasy hockey information, or to reach out to me, you can follow me on Twitter @Ian_Gooding. Obviously teams usually discuss things over with their players but at the end of the day, the decision will be made by the Canadiens.

That will be followed by a look at Barrett Hayton and Joe Veleno to be published 12 hours later. He was the top player for the Finns at the Ivan Hlinka, recording two goals and seven points in five games. This week, there are two new names that will be of varying interest in fantasy leagues. In the actual game, Kotkaniemi was used as the number one center for his team. Internationally, Kupari began his season on high note. His sneaky release can fool netminders as he changes the release point on his wrist shot to upset the angle that a goaltender has on him. Some advanced stats for Kotkaniemi during league play: He ran a 49.7% Corsi rating while starting 49.2 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone.

There isn’t much time to do anything else there. The Rankings presented are from my lists that have run from last August. Pulock is a right-handed shot, while Toews is a left-handed shot. Even with a proposed schedule, there's still a lot up in the air here. Frozen Tools and DobberProspects launched in 2008, helping to form the nucleus of the Dobber Sports Network: dedicated to helping you win your fantasy hockey leagues. He was excited that one of the figurines turned out to be Elias Pettersson.

For what it's worth, the 2018 third overall pick was a point-per-game player in the AHL (13 points in 13 games) before the injury. That has to count for something, even if the Stanley Cup betting odds are better for Colorado, Tampa Bay, Boston, and Pittsburgh (Oddsshark). With multiple teams in various sports having players test positive for COVID-19, it's easy to shrug off this news at this point. The names of the players who tested positive were not released. Complete player biography and stats. Check back in tomorrow morning for Part Two. Olofsson was drafted 56th overall this summer after a strong season for Timrå in the Allsvenskan, the second-highest level in Sweden. Kopitar owned better strength at the same age and perhaps some more creativity, but I think they both exhibit strong two-way play and a nice mixture of offensive tools. Jesperi Kotkaniemi (Liiga) Rasmus Kupari (Liiga) Barret Hayton (OHL) Joe Velano (QMJHL) Birthdate 07-06-00 04-15-00 06-09-00 01-13-00 Height 6’2 5’11 … Things may not look so great right now but the kids are coming, they just need some time to get there. I'll explain my rationale for picking Draisaitl in this spot. According to Jeremy Rutherford and Scott Burnside of The Athletic, the St. Louis Blues have closed their facility over the weekend and cancelled Friday's practice because of multiple positive COVID-19 tests. Aho was selected 35th overall by Carolina in 2015. (2/2) This week's most popular #fantasyhockey profile pages:6) Jesperi Kotkaniemi https://t.co/E0EUktn84I7) Ryan Pulock https://t.co/Jdx3cglViE8) Martin Necas https://t.co/Z2nK1FnsoX9) Adam Fox https://t.co/5yZZhAoGJI10) Auston Matthews https://t.co/a6MAcVYLep. Ramblings: Dadonov to Ottawa, Toffoli vs. Gallagher, All-Canadian Division? It’s even more challenging to add those playing in a European top league. Before declaring Kotkaniemi a bust or jumping to the conclusion that the Habs passed on better players in the draft (eg. One example is below at about the 1:38 mark. He’s very young. He converted on 9.2 percent of his even-strength shots – a nice bump compared to his 6.3 percent mark in all situations. Yes, he was a full-time player in Liiga already last season but that was as a middle-six winger. Kupari is an agile, cerebral and crafty centre. Barzal led the team with 12 power-play points, but he didn't even finish in the top 100 in the league in that category. Finland is one option but definitely not the only one. Enjoy your holiday, but please do so responsibly. The team also recently announced they have signed Panthers’ 2017 second round pick, Aleksi Heponiemi. He played well and looked especially dangerous on the man-advantage.

Stepping into the top league as a 17-year-old is difficult. Maybe with familiarity with local amenities, but we won't be talking about teams entering a hostile environment or anything like that. However, it is lite on centres. He has something of a clunky stride but the mechanics can be worked on as he continues to build strength. I wonder if this is a possible "handedness" issue. Although my son probably won't read this entire article or even this section (he's more of a hardcore video game player than hockey fan), this is perfect timing for me to tell you about that player. Although someone like Nick Suzuki might be a young center with higher upside on the same roster, the Habs will still have very high hopes for a player that they drafted third overall just two summers ago. The good news is that the Canadiens have ample time to figure it out – they can give him big minutes during the preseason, and they can also give him nine regular season games before burning the first year of his entry level contract. Kotkaniemi’s hands are quick and skilled. Prospect Ramblings: Kotkaniemi’s Final Game in Finland… For Now, Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 10: Reviewing and Dissecting the 2020 NHL Draft, Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 9: Draft Rankings Top-100 Scouting Meeting, Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 8: U.S. Prospects with Chris Peters, Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 7: Swedish Prospects with Jimmy Hamrin, Dobber’s DraftCast Episode 6: 2020 NHL Draft Risers & Fallers with Will Scouch, Prospect Ramblings: Rounds 2 to 7 Winner and Losers, Prospect Ramblings: Round 1 Winners, Losers, and In-Betweeners. Well, it’s because it was Kotkaniemi’s final game before he travels to Montreal and joins the training camp of the Canadiens. This isn't the first time I've posted a video of one of his highlights.). This will be a two-part segment. This behind [...], Jokke Nevalainen2020-09-30T11:52:05-04:00September 21st, 2020|, In Episode 8 of Dobber’s DraftCast, hosts Tony Ferrari and Jokke Nevalainen are joined by ESPN's NHL Draft analyst Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) to discuss the best American prospects for the 2020 and 2021 NHL [...], Tony Ferrari2020-09-30T11:57:16-04:00September 14th, 2020|, In Episode 7 of Dobber’s DraftCast, hosts Tony Ferrari and Jokke Nevalainen are joined by Jimmy Hamrin (@jimmyhamrin), a Swedish regional scout for McKeen's Hockey and the host of The Future of Hockey podcast, to discuss the [...], Jokke Nevalainen2020-09-30T12:09:02-04:00September 7th, 2020|, In Episode 6 of Dobber’s DraftCast, hosts Tony Ferrari and Jokke Nevalainen are joined by the founder of Scouching, Will Scouch, to discuss 2020 NHL Draft risers and fallers.

Ikonen was drafted 58th overall in 2017, and he spent last season as the third-line center for KalPa in the Finnish Liiga. My older son wanted to buy the last two surprise mini-figurines there, who would be unknown until after we purchased.

Ikonen isn’t bad defensively either, though, but with his smaller frame (5-11, 172) and a great release, he could be the one who gets moved to wing if one of them has to.

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