Kristian Vesalainen

by Peter Harling on September 28, 2017

 

Kristian Vesalainen, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 207

Born: 1999-06-01

Hometown:  Helsinki, Fin

Drafted: 1st round 2017 24th overall WIN

Observations:

September 2017 - Vesalainen is the ultimate package and possesses a heavy shot with a quick release. He is a terror in front of the net for opposing defensemen and has already appeared in five games with HPK in Liiga, recording two assists. Vesalainen is a definite project for the Jets and he will take plenty of grooming in Finland before he transitions to the pro game in North America - Jamie Zadow

 

May 2017 – Vesalainen is a tantalizing package of size, skating and skill. A lot of scouts are very high on Vesalainen despite his underwhelming season. He started the year in the SHL playing against men in limited ice time and failed to produce offence. He also struggled in the Finnish pro league Liiga but played more minutes. Again he also played for Finland at the World Junior again against older players and failed to produce. The big payoff came at the U18 where he played against the elite of his age group and dominated. Vesalainen already has pro ready size, has a full year of pro experience and has above average skill to compliment his size. Peter Harling

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Middle-six power forward with upside

 

Footage:

Kristian Vesalainen U-18 hat-trick vs Canada

 

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