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Eyes On The Prize Feb 20, 2020
Jesperi Kotkaniemi continues to pile up assists with the Rocket

Jesperi Kotkaniemi continues to pile up assists with the Rocket

Finnish centre picks up a pair of assists in 5-4 shootout loss to Manitoba There’s something about Jesperi Kotkaniemi and playing at home, whether it be with the Montreal Canadiens or the Laval Rocket. It came in a losing effort, but Kotkaniemi registered two assists in Laval’s 5-4 shootout loss to Manitoba Wednesday night at Place Bell. Kotkaniemi’s assists (including a primary helper) came on goals from his fellow linemates Jake Evans and Charles Hudon. Charles Hudon scores and makes it 4-3! Kotkaniemi gets an assist. @HabsEOTP. This is his 100th career AHL goal....
A Winning Habit Feb 12, 2020

Montreal Canadiens: Jesperi Kotkaniemi Showing True Potential With Laval Rocket

The Montreal Canadiens sent Jesperi Kotkaniemi down to the Laval Rocket earlier this month. He is showing just how much potential he has by piling up points in the AHL. The Montreal Canadiens made the decision to send Jesperi Kotkaniemi down to the Laval Rocket just over a week ago. To that point in his […] Montreal Canadiens: Jesperi Kotkaniemi Showing True Potential With Laval Rocket - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sportsnet.ca Feb 9, 2020
Canadiens want Kotkaniemi to get comfortable being ‘the guy’ again

Canadiens want Kotkaniemi to get comfortable being ‘the guy’ again

Jesperi Kotkaniemi has gotten the chance to stay on the ice, regardless of the results, as he learns to become a two-way centre in the AHL. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
Eyes On The Prize Feb 7, 2020
Links: Ilya Kovalchuk is taking a wait-and-see approach

Links: Ilya Kovalchuk is taking a wait-and-see approach

In today’s links, Ilya Kovalchuk’s perspective on the Trade Deadline, early impressions on Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s performance in Laval, and what’s wrong with the Buffalo Sabres? Montreal Canadiens news and notes Ilya Kovalchuk has a wait and see attitude regarding his future in Montreal. [TSN] Kovalchuk is having a lot of fun though with his teammates. [Montreal Gazette] Cole Caufield is taking everything “one day at a time.” [RDS] Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s had an immediate impact on the Laval Rocket. [Ilta-Sanomat (Finnish)] Kotkaniemi should be allowed to flourish with the AHL...
Montreal Gazette Feb 6, 2020

Rocket captain Xavier Ouellet earned call-up from Canadiens

Doesn't get in the lineup against Ducks, but has played key leadership role in Laval and offers some good advice for Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
Montreal Gazette Feb 6, 2020

Jesperi Kotkaniemi picks up three assists in Laval Rocket win

Has four assists in two games since being sent down to AHL by the Canadiens, who have called up Rocket captain Xavier Ouellet.
Montreal Gazette Feb 6, 2020

Kotkaniemi casts shade on Canadiens coach after demotion | HI/O Show

Are the Habs mishandling his development?
A Winning Habit Feb 6, 2020

Montreal Canadiens: Jesperi Kotkaniemi Quickly Finding Offensive Game With Laval Rocket

The Montreal Canadiens made a bit of a surprising move when they sent down Jesperi Kotkaniemi. He has quickly found his offensive game and is making a difference for the AHL affiliate. The Montreal Canadiens made a bit of a surprising move when they decided to send Jesperi Kotkaniemi down to the Laval Rocket on […] Montreal Canadiens: Jesperi Kotkaniemi Quickly Finding Offensive Game With Laval Rocket - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize Feb 5, 2020
Links: Laval is a good stop for Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Links: Laval is a good stop for Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Shanna Martin In today’s links, Jesperi Kotkaniemi reflects upon the latest turn in his young career, the story of how the Habs pursued Ilya Kovalchuk—then and now—and Kimmo Timonen, Mark Streit, and Ryan Smyth are among the inductees this year into the IIHF Hall of Fame. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Jesperi Kotkaniemi says that Laval is a “good stop” for him. [Montreal Gazette] Kotkaniemi left a good impression on Alexandre Burrows in his first game with the Laval Rocket. [RDS] The story of how the Canadiens pursued Ilya Kovalchuk 19 years ago, and the path that...
Sportsnet.ca Feb 5, 2020
Veteran Canadiens serve key lesson to rookies in comeback win over Devils

Veteran Canadiens serve key lesson to rookies in comeback win over Devils

But the biggest thing moving forward is what kids like Poehling, Suzuki, Kotkaniemi and Fleury have taken from this group of veterans, which has proven time and time again that it doesn’t quit. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
Eyes On The Prize Feb 4, 2020
The abilities that currently give Suzuki the edge over Kotkaniemi

The abilities that currently give Suzuki the edge over Kotkaniemi

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Both similar players, it’s the small details of the game that have Suzuki in the top six and Kotkaniemi in Laval. Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi play a similar type of game. They manipulate the puck in ways that most other players can’t and pay more attention to defensive details than other youngsters. But what truly ties them together and what led them to the NHL is their ability to read and anticipate the play. Yet despite their similarities in style, Suzuki currently centres the second line for the Montreal Canadiens, while...
Montreal Gazette Feb 3, 2020

Stu Cowan: Best place for Canadiens to develop Kotkaniemi is Laval

"We’ve talked about this a lot … everything around here has to be earned, nothing can be given," Habs standout Brendan Gallagher says.
Montreal Gazette Feb 3, 2020

'This is a good stop for me,' Kotkaniemi says of demotion to Rocket

"Frustrating is a good word. Things didn't work well. I didn't play that much," he says as potential rift with Habs coach Julien surfaces.
Last Word on Hockey Feb 3, 2020
Montreal Canadiens Jesperi Kotkaniemi Demotion is a Blessing in Disguise

Montreal Canadiens Jesperi Kotkaniemi Demotion is a Blessing in Disguise

It's June 22, 2018. The Montreal Canadiens enter the NHL Entry Draft in Dallas, Texas with the third overall pick after a disastrous season. All signs pointed to the Habs picking Czech forward Filip Zadina with the third overall pick. However, the Canadiens had different plans in mind. There was a young Finnish centre who had been skyrocketing through the ranks who the Canadiens set their sights on. Not only because of the overall skill he possessed, but the team needed a big centre. His name, Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Fast forward to Oct. 3, 2018. Opening night, Habs vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs....
A Winning Habit Feb 3, 2020

Montreal Canadiens: It Is Time To Send Ryan Poehling Back To Laval Rocket

The Montreal Canadiens are barely using Ryan Poehling at the NHL level. They recently send Jesperi Kotkaniemi down to the Laval Rocket and it is time they do the same with Poehling. The Montreal Canadiens have decided in the past few days to move a pair of young NHL players to the Laval Rocket. Jesperi […] Montreal Canadiens: It Is Time To Send Ryan Poehling Back To Laval Rocket - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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