So, we all remember the news about the offer sheet with the Montreal Canadiens. And we all know that because of that offer sheet, Jesperi Kotkaniemi became the fourth member of the Finnish national team based in Raleigh. However, there’s been a lot of noise made recently on the lack of ice time Kotkaniemi got in the Nashville game, suggesting he’s on the 4th line.
We know that’s a load of lies because he’s playing with the other two Finnish forwards, and if they are 4th lines, you’re winning the Stanley Cup annually. He’s going to play on the first line, but he didn’t see a lot of ice time in the Nashville game because the Canes had more offensive players out there looking for a goal to win the game.
We know that Kotkaniemi still hasn’t exactly started on fire in Raleigh, but he’s been solid. Tonight would be a great time for KK to open his account for the season in either points or goals. Burning his old team would be a great way to become a fan favorite with your new team. It would be worth every penny of the $6,100,015 he’s making this year after his $20 signing bonus.
If not, just be solid like he has been. Ask questions of the Montreal netminders and make sure you’re generating chances without giving much up defensively will be fine. I don’t think anyone is expecting him to be a 60 point guy, just make sure you do what the team has asked and that will do for now.
Also, spilling any of the secrets that Kotkaniemi learned from his time as a member of the Montreal Canadiens would also be a reasonably good idea due to the fact that Kotkaniemi was an important part of the organization for a while. Perhaps shedding light on what system the Canadiens used with him there or what the coach in Montreal is like could aid the Canes in their setup.