Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Age 20 Jul 6, 2000
Pori FIN
Center shoots left
6'2" 188 cm
198 lbs 90 kg
ELC Signing Age 17
Waivers Signing Age 18
UFA Year 2026
Agent Markus Lehto
Expansion Draft Status
Eligible
Draft Year 2018
Drafted Overall 3
Draft Round 1
Draft Team Montreal Canadiens

Transaction History
Apr 21, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi earned an assist, doled out five hits and fired two shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Oilers.
Apr 8, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi collected a pair of assists with four shots and four hits in a 4-2 loss to the Jets on Thursday.
Mar 30, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi scored a goal on three shots Tuesday in a 4-0 win over the Oilers.
Mar 30, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi will be in the lineup Tuesday against Edmonton, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Mar 29, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi cleared the (NHL)'s COVID-19 protocol Monday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Mar 25, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi was still listed on the (NHL)'s COVID-19 protocols list Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Mar 22, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi was added to the (NHL)'s COVID-19 protocols list Monday, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Mar 15, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi scored a goal on two shots and added two PIM in Monday's 4-2 win over the Jets.
Mar 10, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi scored a goal on four shots, dished an assist and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Canucks.
Mar 8, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi recorded a power-play assist and four hits in Monday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Canucks.
Mar 7, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi had an assist, one shot on goal and two hits while winning 13 of 15 draws in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Jets.
Feb 25, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi notched a power-play assist in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Jets.
Feb 20, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi scored a goal and added a pair of hits in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Feb 15, 2021 Recalled Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi was recalled from the taxi squad Monday, according to CBS Sports.
Feb 14, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi was sent to the taxi squad Saturday, per CBS Sports.
Feb 8, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi was promoted from the taxi squad Monday, CBS Sports reports.
Feb 7, 2021 Assigned Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi was assigned to the taxi squad Sunday, CBS Sports reports.
Feb 3, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi had an assist, one shot on goal and one hit in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Vancouver.
Feb 1, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi produced an assist, two shots on goal and two PIM in Monday's 6-2 win over the Canucks.
Jan 31, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi spent time in the locker room Saturday after taking a hit from Calgary's Dillon Dube, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Jan 28, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi collected two assists with one shot in a 4-2 win over Calgary on Thursday. He also went 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) in the faceoff circle.
Jan 21, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi posted an assist in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Canucks.
Jan 20, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi scored a goal and added an assist in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks.
Jan 19, 2021 Assigned Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi was assigned to the taxi squad Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Jan 19, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi had five shots, four hits and a blocked shot over 11:45 of ice time in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Jan 6, 2021 Montreal Canadiens | Tyler Toffoli | Toffoli is practicing on the third line with Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Nov 23, 2020 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi will head back to North America following the end of his loan agreement with Pori Assat, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Nov 20, 2020 Montreal Canadiens | Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Kotkaniemi scored a power-play and a short-handed goal for Pori Assat in Wednesday's game against Lahti in SM-Liiga action, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Oct 16, 2020 Assigned Montreal Canadiens | assigned C Jesperi Kotkaniemi to HC Assat Pori Oy (Finland).
Feb 1, 2020 Assigned Montreal Canadiens | assigned C Jesperi Kotkaniemi to Laval (AHL).
Dec 28, 2019 Activated Montreal Canadiens | activated C Jesperi Kotkaniemi from injured reserve.
Nov 16, 2019 Activated Montreal Canadiens | activated C Jesperi Kotkaniemi from injured reserve.
Jul 1, 2018 Montreal Canadiens | signed C Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-2021 Regular Season Stats

Jesperi Kotkaniemi
GP G A P +/- PIM TOI GF% DFF% Rel DFF% CF% Rel CF% G60 P60
Montréal Canadiens 53 5 15 20 0 12 661 53.30 53.10 -1.40 54.90 0.50 0.45 1.45
Jesperi Kotkaniemi Stats by Elite Prospects Jesperi Kotkaniemi Advanced Stats by
Career Stats
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM TOI GF% DFF% Rel DFF% CF% Rel CF% G60 P60 Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
2014-2015 Ässät U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 5 1 4 5 4
2014-2015 Ässät U16 U16 SM-sarja 30 21 12 33 30
2015-2016 Ässät U20 U20 SM-sarja 23 5 10 15 12
2015-2016 Ässät U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 3 4 6 10 0
2015-2016 Ässät U18 U18 Mestis Q 5 5 6 11 2
2015-2016 Ässät U18 U18 Mestis 6 5 12 17 0
2015-2016 Finland U16 YOG 6 3 4 7 1
2015-2016 Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 6 6 12 28
2016-2017 Ässät U20 U20 SM-sarja 17 9 6 15 18 Playoffs 7 4 1 5 0
2016-2017 Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 17 5 10 15 4
2016-2017 Finland U18 WJC-18 7 1 5 6 0
Draft Yr 2017-2018 Ässät Liiga 57 10 19 29 20 Playoffs 7 0 1 1 0
Draft Yr 2017-2018 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 2 2 4 6
Draft Yr 2017-2018 Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 3 2 1 3 2
Draft Yr 2017-2018 Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 17 8 11 19 51
Draft Yr 2017-2018 Finland U18 WJC-18 7 3 6 9 37
2018-2019 Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 4 1 1 2 8
2018-2019 Montréal Canadiens NHL 79 11 23 34 26 911 54.41 57.89 5.72 57.17 3.98 0.66 1.91
2019-2020 Montréal Canadiens NHL 36 6 2 8 23 398 38.70 47.90 -6.60 53.80 0.75 0.91 Playoffs 10 4 0 4 0
2019-2020 Laval Rocket AHL 13 1 12 13 16
2020-2021 Ässät Liiga 10 2 6 8 8
2020-2021 Montréal Canadiens NHL 53 5 15 20 12 661 53.30 53.10 -1.40 54.90 0.50 0.45 1.45
Jesperi Kotkaniemi Stats by Elite Prospects | Jesperi Kotkaniemi Advanced Stats by

Active Contract

Signing Team
Signing Date July 1, 2018
Agent Markus Lehto
Entry Level Contract | 3 Years $2,775,000 1.13% of cap space
2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Cap Hit $925,000 $925,000 $925,000
RFA
AAV $3,425,000 $3,425,000 $3,425,000
Performance Bonuses $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $2,500,000
Base Salary $832,500 $832,500 $832,500
Signing Bonuses $92,500 $92,500 $92,500
Total Salary $925,000 $925,000 $925,000
Minors Salary $70,000 $70,000 $70,000
Clauses
UFA Year
Buy It Out

Contract History