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Devils Are More Exciting Thanks to Janne Kuokkanen

The New Jersey Devils may have a lot of work to do during the offseason; however, they have found a lot of key young players to help develop their rebuild. Obviously, having two decent former first overall draft picks in Nico Hischier (2017) and Jack Hughes (2019) certainly has its benefits. But the Devils have been able to find some diamonds in the rough within their organization. Meaning that they were able to capitalize on players that either fell below other teams’ radar or got lucky with their development and potential.
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Devils Getting Solid Play From Janne Kuokkanen

If you can remember back before the world ended and the pandemic started (I know, it isn’t easy), one of the last normal things to take place, especially as it relates to the world of hockey, was the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline. That happened near the end of February last year, only a few weeks before everything shut down. It was perhaps also Tom Fitzgerald’s first serious event after taking over for Ray Shero as Acting GM, a job he has since taken on in a more permanent fashion.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Ready to rock

Kuokkanen (hand) will play in Sunday's game versus the Flyers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Kuokkanen is back in the lineup after missing just one game. The 22-year-old has impressed during his first full-time NHL season, as he's provided six goals and 15 assists across 41 games this year. He's expected to skate with Jack Hughes in the top six Sunday.

Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Quiet in return

Kuokkanen (hand) had one shot and one block in a 4-3 shootout loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. Kuokkanen missed Saturday's meeting with Pittsburgh but returned to the lineup against the Flyers and logged just over 17 minutes of ice time. The 22-year-old has produced 21 points in his first full NHL season but has managed just one goal in his last 22 contests.

Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Game-time decision

Kuokkanen (hand) is a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup against the Flyers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Kuokkanen missed Saturday's loss to the Penguins, but he skated Sunday morning, giving him a chance to return for the evening game. The 2016 second-round pick has recorded 21 points through 41 games this season. We won't know the final verdict on his status until warmups commence at 5:30 p.m. EDT.

Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Won't play Saturday

Kuokkanen (hand) won't play Saturday versus Pittsburgh. Kuokkanen injured his hand while blocking a shot during Thursday's loss to the Penguins and he'll miss at least one contest as a result. With Kuokkanen on the shelf, Marian Studenic will draw into the Devils' lineup for Saturday's matchup with Pittsburgh.

Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Game-time call

Kuokkanen (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup with Pittsburgh, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports. Kuokkanen's status for Saturday's contest won't be determined until the Devils take the ice for pregame warmups. He's picked up 21 points in 41 games this year.

Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Provides two apples

Kuokkanen dished out a pair of assists and had two shots in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Philadelphia. Kuokkanen set up Kyle Palmieri's power-play marker late in the first period and Yegor Sharangovich's even-strength strike to give the Devils a 3-1 lead. The 22-year-old Kuokkanen has been on a tremendous run the past two weeks, landing on the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games, with four goals and five assists during that stretch. He also boasts a healthy plus-7 rating in that time.

Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Piling up goals

Kuokkanen scored a power-play goal on his lone shot and added two PIM in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Sunday. Kuokkanen got the Devils on the board 5:12 into the game, jumping on a rebound and sweeping a backhander past New York netminder Ilya Sorokin. It was the fourth consecutive game with a goal for the 22-year-old, who had scored just once in his first 28 NHL games prior to his current streak. The bubble is bound to burst eventually -- Kuokkanen's last four goals have come on just six shots -- but it's a positive development for the Devils nonetheless.

Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Two-point effort Tuesday

Kuokkanen scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Capitals. He potted New Jersey's first goal of the night in the second period, then helped the team stage a third-period comeback and force OT by helping set up Yegor Sharangovich. Kuokkanen hadn't found the scoresheet in any of his prior six games, and despite his current top-line assignment, the 22-year-old has only two goals and eight points through 17 contests.

Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Shifts to taxi squad

The Devils reassigned Kuokkanen to the taxi squad Thursday. The Finn has played all but one game for the Devils this season, earning one goal and six points across 12:01 of average ice time. This news suggests that Kuokkanen will be out of the lineup when his team takes on the Sabres on Thursday. Kuokkanen was replaced by Yegor Sharangovich on the active roster.

New Jersey Devils: Janne Kuokkanen Leads Way To Victory

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 19: Janne Kuokkanen #59 of the New Jersey Devils skates against Kaapo Kakko #24 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The New Jersey Devils are finally back from...

Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: At training camp

Kuokkanen is on New Jersey's training camp roster, per the NHL's official media site. Kuokkanen was previously on loan with Karpat of Finland's Liiga, where he picked up seven points in 16 games, but he's currently practicing with the Devils and competing for a spot in New Jersey's bottom six. The 22-year-old Finn only appeared in one NHL game last campaign, but he was highly productive in the minors, racking up 15 goals and 48 points in 56 games split between Charlotte and Binghamton.