Janne Kuokkanen

Carolina Hurricanes
Photo courtesy of Zimbio

Fantasy Summary

High level offensive skill set, with the ability to play anywhere in the lineup in any situation.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country FIN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 25, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 2; Overall: 43

Observations

March 2019 – Another strong season thus far from the Finnish forward when he has been in the lineup. With 38 points in 48 games, he ranks second among Checkers players with a points-per-game rate of .79 but has unfortunately picked up a few nagging injury issues that have kept him out of 13 of the teams games thus far. Kuokkanen adds high-skill depth to the prospect group, and will have a very important developmental year in 2019-20, where he’ll be given a chance to prove he belongs on the NHL roster. Much of the top six will be set next season, but there will be holes in the bottom six that will need to be filled for the Canes to take the next step. Kevin LeBlanc

May 2018 – Couldn’t ask for much more from a 19-year-old playing his first professional season in a major role for one of the AHL’s top teams. Kuokkanen finished in the top 20 points among AHL rookies (40) and in the top 10 in assists (29), despite playing just 60 games. Even though he played four games to start the season in the NHL, Kuokkanen never made it back into the Canes roster later in the year, as he was relied upon heavily in the Checkers playoff run. Carolina’s roster will look much different this season, and Kuokkanen will likely factor in at some point throughout the year.  Kevin LeBlanc

March 2017 – 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 game highlighted 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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Kiekko-Laser U16 Jr. C I-divisioona Q 8 6 8 14 2 |          
  Kiekko-Laser U16 Jr. C II-divisioona 15 15 22 37 8 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
 2012-2013 Kiekko-Laser U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 14 7 20 27 8 |          
  Kiekko-Laser U16 Jr. C Mestis 12 15 18 33 4 |          
  Kiekko-Laser U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 18 15 23 38 18 |          
  Team Red IIHF Dev. Camp 6 5 4 9 4 |          
 2013-2014 Kärpät U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 5 2 3 5 27 | Playoffs 10 16 10 26 29 
  Kärpät U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 44 26 27 53 32 | Playoffs 5 5 2 7
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 3 7 10 6 |          
 2014-2015 Kärpät U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 3 1 4 5 4 | Playoffs 9 3 4 7
  Kärpät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 35 3 12 15 16 |          
  Finland U17 WHC-17 6 2 3 5 6 |          
  Finland U17 EYOF 3 1 2 3 4 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 22 8 9 17 18 |          
 2015-2016 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 6 6 4 |          
  Kärpät U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 5 1 4 5
  Kärpät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 47 22 31 53 53 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Kärpät Liiga 1 2 0 2 0 |          
  Hokki Mestis 1 1 1 2 2 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 3 4 7 4 |          
 2016-2017 London Knights OHL 60 26 36 62 14 | Playoffs 14 10 6 16
  Charlotte Checkers AHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 0 1 1 2 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 0 5 5 4 |          
 2017-2018 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  Charlotte Checkers AHL 60 11 29 40 16 | Playoffs 8 3 1 4
  Finland U20 WJC-20 5 0 2 2 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 5 6 11 6 |          
 2018-2019 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 7 0 0 0 4 |          
  Charlotte Checkers AHL 48 12 26 38 16 |          

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