KRISTIAN VESALAINEN
European Skater - Jokerit, RUSSIA
Final Rank:7Midterm Rank:4
Position:Left WingShoots:Left
Height:6' 4"Weight:211
Born:June 1, 1999
Born in:Helsinki, FIN
Drafted: 2017: WPG (1st Round / 24th Overall) 

• Vesalainen posted 1-5—6 in 26 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2016-17 and helped the club secure their second straight Champions Hockey League title. He also appeared in nine games with HPK, the top professional hockey league in Finland.

• Vesalainen added 4-0—4 in the regular season (10 GP) and 2-1—3 in the playoffs (5 GP) with Frolunda’s junior team in 2016-17.

• Vesalainen made his Swedish Hockey League debut in 2015-16, appearing in 19 regular-season games and five playoff contests, helping Frolunda capture the league championship. He added 15-19—34 in 37 contests with Frolunda’s junior.

• The 2016-17 season saw Vesalainen represent Finland at the 2017 World Junior Championship (1-1—2 in 6 GP) and the 2017 Under-18 World Championship (6-7—13 in 7 GP), where he was named tournament MVP after leading all skaters in goals and points en route to a silver medal.

• As part of Finland’s silver medal entry at the 2017 Under-18 World Championship, Vesalainen produced at almost a two-point-per-game pace (6-7—13 in 7 GP) to lead the tournament in goals and points. He was awarded Most Valuable Player, Best Forward and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.

• He helped Finland win gold at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship (2-4—6 in 7 GP) and also represented his country at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (3-4—7 in 5 GP) and the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial (5 GP).

• Models his style of play after Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin.

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2018-2019JOKERITRUSSIA31611170
2018-2019MANITOBAAHL22491310
2017-2018HPKFINLAND441920396
2017-2018KARPATFINLAND53140
2017-2018FINLAND (2018 WJC Championships)NATOUR52462
2017-2018FIN U20 (4 Nations Tournament in Lahti 2017)ITLTOUR30222
2016-2017FROLUNDASWEDEN261562
2016-2017FROLUNDA JR.SWEDEN-JR.1040414
2016-2017HPKFINLAND91010
2016-2017FIN (2017 IIHF U18 World Championship)ITLTOUR767138
2016-2017Finland (2017 WJC Championships)NATOUR61120
2016-2017FIN U20 (4-Nations tournament in Gothenburg 2016)ITLTOUR30224
2015-2016FROLUNDA JR.SWEDEN-JR.371519340
2015-2016FROLUNDASWEDEN191120
2015-2016FIN (2016 IIHF U18 World Championship)ITLTOUR72466
2015-2016FIN U18 (Ivan Hlinka Memorial 2015)ITLTOUR50000
2015-2016FINLAND (2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge)NATOUR54484
2015-2016FIN U18 (5 Nations Tournament - Rauma 2016)ITLTOUR40440
2015-2016FIN U18 (5-nations tournament in Zuchwil 2015)ITLTOUR41120
2014-2015HIFK U18FINLAND-JR. U18181051529
2014-2015HIFK JR.FINLAND-JR.171120