In the win, Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored two goals in 2 minutes and 23 seconds → https://t.co/GSaRVmmIoO
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) May 6, 2023
That said, if there’s one situation in which KK has had good moments with the Tricolore, it’s in the playoffs. Whether it was his 10 games on the bubble or his 19 games during the club’s run to the summer of 2021, the young man had a knack for getting noticed for the right reasons.
And now that he’s in Carolina, he’s still racking up plenty of playoff experience. In fact, after yesterday’s game, Kotkaniemi has now played 51 career playoff games, which is far more than many veterans on the circuit.
Need I remind you that he’s only 22 years old?
Playoff games played, age:
Jack Eichel, 6 GP, 26
Sasha Barkov: 35 GP, 27
Matt Tkachuk: 36 GP, 25
Taylor Hall: 39 GP, 31
Johnny Gaudreau: 42 GP, 29
Connor McDavid: 44 GP, 26
Auston Matthews: 47 GP, 25
Jeff Petry: 48 GP, 35
Evander Kane: 51 GP, 31
➡️Jesperi Kotkaniemi: 51 GP, 22
– Jason Gold (@JayGold85) May 6, 2023
Playing a ton of games in a context like the playoffs is undoubtedly a positive thing in the development of a young player. Every game is of crucial importance, and you’re constantly up against the best elements of the best teams in the circuit. When it comes to immersion, you can’t beat it.
And for Kotkaniemi, having so much playoff experience at such a young age means he has a certain leadership role with the Hurricanes. In important moments, he’s one of the guys who has to step up. Especially in the absence of guys like Andrei Svechnikov, Max Pacioretty and Teuvo Teravainen.
And while he didn’t really do it in the first round, it’s a different story in the second, when he had a strong game yesterday with two big, quick goals.
But beyond yesterday’s two goals, he also had an impact on the physical game. We know he’s capable of giving good shoulder shots (he did it a few times in Montreal), and last night he served up another major-league one to Nico Hischier.
Should call him Jesperi Kronwall after that hit. Clean and forceful hit. Kronwall would be proud. pic.twitter.com/v5c7I5LUWh
– Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) May 6, 2023
And unless the Devils get back on track after a difficult start to the series (which they did, however, against the Rangers in the first round, it should be remembered), KK looks set to play many more playoff games this spring, which won’t be a bad thing to help him become a better player.
– Luke Hughes will be in uniform tonight for the Devils.
NJ coach Lindy Ruff says Luke Hughes will make his NHL playoff debut in Game 3 for an injured Ryan Graves
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 6, 2023
– Canucks sign their first-round pick in 2022.
General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the #Canucks have signed forward Jonathan Lekkerimäki to a three-year, entry-level contract.
– Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) May 6, 2023
Harsh words. Very harsh words. But you have to admit that the Maple Leafs don’t help themselves, on certain sequences…😳👎 https://t.co/VewUZwDGdm
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) May 6, 2023
– Joshua Roy will face elimination tomorrow.
Final score 5-0 #Mooseheads.
Halifax takes 3-2 series lead after losing first two games.
Last three games 5-2, 5-2 and 5-0 in favor of HFX.
– Stephane Leroux (@StephRDSJunior) May 6, 2023
– The Yankees could call up the Martian by season’s end. My text on the subject.