Kristian Vesalainen

by Jamie Zadow on January 21, 2018


Kristian Vesalainen, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 207

Born: 1999-06-01

Hometown:  Helsinki, Fin

Drafted: 1st round 2017 24th overall WIN







January 2018 - Finland came home empty handed from the U20 World Junior Championships, but Vesalainen was a bright spot for the team. He was tied for the team lead with six points in five games in Buffalo and gave Jets' fans a glimpse of that scoring presence in front of the net. Vesalainen returned back to HPK in the Finnish Liiga where he is having a strong campaign, tied for the team lead in goals (13) and second in points (29) through 32 games. Jamie Zadow

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



Kristian Vesalainen U-18 hat-trick vs Canada


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