Coming out of last summer, there were a lot of new faces in the City of Oaks. Without a shadow of a doubt, the one that attracted the most attention was Jesperi Kotkaniemi who came to Carolina after an offer sheet that was subjected to ridicule and speculation. However, there was a player included in this offer sheet so how did Jesperi Kotkaniemi fare during his first season as a member of the Hurricanes?
Kotkaniemi posted an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Rangers in Game 7. Kotkaniemi helped out on a Max Domi goal in the third period of the lopsided loss. Both of Kotkaniemi's assists in the postseason came in the second round after he was held off the scoresheet altogether in the first round. The 21-year-old had a reasonable 29 points in 66 regular-season outings, and he's locked in for the next eight years after signing a max-term extension with the Hurricanes in March.
Kotkaniemi recorded one assist, two shots and one block in 9:07 of ice time versus the Rangers on Wednesday. Kotkaniemi logged his fewest minutes of the postseason, in part due to the lack of power-play ice time. With his tally, the 21-year-old winger brought a seven-game pointless streak to a close but shouldn't be expected to provide much in the way of offensive support without opportunities with the man advantage.
Kotkaniemi (lower body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's regular-season finale against the Devils. Kotkaniemi is expected to skate on the fourth line against New Jersey. He's collected 11 goals and 26 points through 65 contests this campaign.
Kotkaniemi (lower body) is not expected to play Tuesday versus the Rangers. Kotkaniemi is set for his fifth straight absence with the injury. The 21-year-old doesn't have an official timeline to return, as the Hurricanes have been tight-lipped about his status.
Kotkaniemi (lower body) won't play Thursday against the Jets, Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Kotkaniemi will miss a second straight contest with his lower-body injury. Kotkaniemi has missed 9 of Carolina's last 11 games due to this issue, so at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to rejoin the lineup.
Kotkaniemi (undisclosed) will not be available versus the Coyotes on Monday but is considered day-to-day, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports. Kotkaniemi was just two games back from a long-term injury absence that saw him miss eight games. It's not immediately clear if the absences are related but it's certainly not good news for a Hurricanes squad that will also be without Jordan Staal (upper body) and suddenly finds itself rather thin down the middle. Where Kotkaniemi fits into the lineup upon his return to action will likely depend on whether Staal is available, though top six might be a stretch for Kotkaniemi at this point.
Carolina Hurricanes star forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi put pen to paper on an eight-year extension that's worth $38.56 million and carries an average annual value of $4.82 million back on March 21 but had little time to celebrate that deal, as he went down with a lower-body injury due to a hit delivered by Washington Capitals center Lars Eller back on March 28 and hasn't played since.
Kotkaniemi (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Red Wings, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports. Kotkaniemi will likely return to a middle-six role following his eight-game absence. The 21-year-old forward has collected 11 goals and 26 points through 63 contests this season.
The Hurricanes are losing their recently extended young center for a few weeks. Jesperi Kotkaniemi is going to be out of Carolina’s lineup for the next two to three weeks, a source revealed to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. This development comes after head coach Rod Brind’Amour recently told the media that Kotkaniemi would be out “a few weeks,” meaning LeBrun has now confirmed a more definite timeline for the injury. Kotkaniemi’s lower-body injury stems from a hit by the Capitals’ Lars Eller during the Hurricanes’ win over Washington.
The Carolina Hurricanes, in a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference heading into play Thursday, will have
Eller shares his perspective of hit on Canes' Kotkaniemi originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. The Carolina Hurricanes came into Capital One Arena on Monday and dominated the Washington Capitals, 6-1, on Monday night, but it wasn't exactly a happy visitor's locker room following the game. That's because with just...
Kotkaniemi's undisclosed injury will keep him out for approximately 2-3 weeks, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports. Kotkaniemi has already missed one game with the injury, and he's now set to miss at least six more. His 11 goals match his career high despite a career-low 11:56 of average ice time in his first campaign outside Montreal.
The Carolina Hurricanes gave the Washington Capitals something to think about if the division rivals meet in the playoffs, though it came at the cost of a potentially serious injury in the final seconds. Martin Necas scored twice, Sebastian Aho added his 29th goal and the Hurricanes routed the Capitals...
Carolina Hurricanes center Jesperi Kotkaniemi injured, 'definitely going to be out' after penalized hit
WASHINGTON -- Carolina Hurricanes center Jesperi Kotkaniemi was injured on a penalized hit with 1.8 seconds left, and put no weight on his left leg as he left the ice Monday night during a 6-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. With the game long decided, Kotkaniemi was hit by Capitals...
In the closing seconds of Monday’s 6-1 loss, Capitals center Lars Eller made a hit on Carolina forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi that sent the latter to the ice, down injured. Kotkaniemi circled back toward the half-wall in the offensive zone and was unsuspecting when he took the hit from Eller, who was given a two-minute charging penalty on the play with just 1.8 seconds left.