The Battle of the Centres – Part One (Kotkaniemi and Kupari)

Cam Robinson

2018-05-31

 

In continuing my series of comparing draft-eligible players, this week we have a monster. The 2018 crop is littered with high-end defensemen and impactful wingers. However, it is lite on centres. I’ve targeted four pivots who could conceivably go in any order this June. Two from the Finnish Liiga and two from the CHL.

 

This will be a two-part segment. We will begin with Rasmus Kupari and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. That will be followed by a look at Barrett Hayton and Joe Veleno to be published 12 hours later. We will break it up into two parts but will compare all four players.

 

First, let’s take a look at the numbers:

 

 

 Statistic

Jesperi Kotkaniemi (Liiga)

 

Rasmus Kupari  (Liiga)

 

Barret Hayton (OHL)

Joe Velano (QMJHL)

 

Birthdate

 

07-06-00

 

04-15-00

 

06-09-00

 

01-13-00

 

Height

 

6’2

 

5’11

 

6’1

 

6’1

 

Weight

 

190lbs