JESPERI KOTKANIEMI
European Skater - ,
Final Rank:6Midterm Rank:9
Position:CenterShoots:Left
Height:6' 2"Weight:181
Born:July 6, 2000
Born in:Pori, FIN
Drafted: 2018: MTL (1st Round / 3rd Overall) 

• The 2017-18 campaign saw Kotkaniemi register 10-19—29 in 57 games with Assat of the Finnish Elite League, including a goal in his professional debut on Sept. 9, 2017. His 29 points ranked third among all rookies, trailing only Canucks prospect Petrus Palmu (17-19—36) and Jonatan Tanus (12-21—33).

• A two-time medalist at the Under-18 World Championship, Kotkaniemi earned a silver medal in 2017 (1-5—6 in 7 GP) and was an integral part of their gold medal-winning team in 2018 with 3-6—9 in 7 GP including a multi-point effort in the championship game (0-2—2).

• His father, Mikael Kotkaniemi, played professionally for multiple teams in Europe across nine seasons – including five seasons in Assat where he currently serves as the club’s head coach.

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2018-2019FIN U20 (4 Nations Tournament in Ornskoldsvik 2018)ITLTOUR21016
2017-2018ASSATFINLAND5710192920
2017-2018FIN (2018 IIHF U18 World Championship)ITLTOUR736937
2017-2018FIN U18 (Ivan Hlinka Memorial 2017)ITLTOUR42136
2017-2018FIN U18 (5-Nations tournament in Plymouth 2018)ITLTOUR42242
2017-2018FIN U20 (4 Nations Tournament in Balashikha 2017)ITLTOUR32132
2016-2017ASSAT JR.FINLAND-JR.17961518
2016-2017FIN (2017 IIHF U18 World Championship)ITLTOUR71560
2016-2017FIN U18 (5-nations tournament in Zuchwil 2016)ITLTOUR43582
2016-2017FIN U18 (5-Nations tournament in Sundsvall 2017)ITLTOUR41012
2015-2016ASSAT JR.FINLAND-JR.235101512