Janne Kuokkanen

by Kevin LeBlanc on March 29, 2017

Janne Kuokkanen, F

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

Born: 1998-05-25

Hometown: Oulunsalo, FIN

Drafted: 2nd round in 2016 by Carolina, (43rd overall)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2016 - Kuokkanen has signed his entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Appearing in 60 games for the London Knights, the young Finnish forward posted 62 points (26G, 36A) in his first season on North American ice. He is eligible to join the AHL's Charlotte Checkers after his season in London is complete. 

 

October 2016 - Kuokkanen is a prospect who opened some eyes this summer, and is one to watch this season for the London Kinghts. The Canes sent the Finnish forward back to junior early in camp, allowing him to get acclimated with his new teammates for his first season on North American ice. Kuokkanen will likely play some at center and on the wing for the Knights, who will push towards a Memorial Cup this year. Kevin LeBlanc

 

July 2016 – The Hurricanes went back to the well in the second round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft to the Kärpät organization that has been kind to them in the past, producing 2105 second round selection Sebastian Aho. Kuokkanen plays a smart, well-rounded two-way gamehighlighted by his supreme hockey sense and passing ability. He reads the game well and often makes simple plays to unlock the defense in the neutral and offensive zones to give his linemates time and space. Although he’s not the fastest skater, he has elite agility that he uses to maneuver away from checks and in and out of tough areas of the ice. He was terrific in a gold medal winning effort at the U-18’s with seven points in seven games for Finland. His future in the NHL is likely as a complementary middle-six forward who if deployed in a scoring role could thrive. He is a player who can be used in all situations as well as up and down throughout the lineup.Kevin LeBlanc

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Silky smooth forward with middle-six upside. Likely will get power-play opportunites due to his offensive skill set. 

 

 

Footage:

JanneKuokkanen 2016 U18 Highlights:

 

JanneKuokkanen 2015-16 Kärpät U20 Highlights:

 

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