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Fantasy Summary

Very good skater and dangerous offensive forward with top-six upside.


Observations

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April 2022 – Ylonen’s development has continued its upward curve this year. After a tough final season with Lahti Pelicans in the Liiga, in which he scored just five goals and seven points in 21 games, many Habs fans may have cooled on his upside but that is long forgotten now. He improved upon the 0.59 points per game output he set in the AHL last season with a 0.67 points per game pace this season in a larger sample. Ylonen has true middle-six upside due to his dynamic combination of speed, skating prowess, skill, anticipation, and shooting ability. His one-timer is a legitimate option on the powerplay, especially from the top of the left circle. He has also continued to develop his playmaking game, finding and creating passing lanes in the offensive zone with increasing regularity. What makes him even more well-rounded is his defensive awareness; Ylonen can be used in all situations and play up and down the lineup, a valuable player for any team and especially important for the Canadiens in the wake of the Artturi Lehkonen trade. As a result of his strong season, he was rewarded with 14 NHL games this season. His two goals and five points in that span while playing fourth-line minutes are already respectable, but it is his all-around play that stood out. Ylonen never once looked out of place against NHL competition and his strengths all translated to the next level. According to Natural Stat Trick, his 49.28 xGF% ranks sixth among Habs to have played at least 100 5v5 minutes this season. Ylonen should make the Canadiens’ team out of training camp barring any major setbacks or injury and will be part of this new era of the Habs: young, fast, skilled, and smart. The fantasy upside with this player is significant, there is a distinct possibility that he develops into a second-line winger with 25-goal and 50-point upside, his value will be even higher in leagues that value powerplay production. Sebastian High

 

July 2021 – Ylonen had a slow start to the season in the Finnish Men’s league, Liiga, but then came over to North America and really impressed. He went from seven points in 21 games in Finland to 17 points in 29 AHL, which was good enough to earn himself a call-up. He only got play in one game for the Canadiens but in that game, he attempted four shots. Ylonen’s speed and offensive instincts make him a dark horse candidate to make some noise at the Canadiens training camp in September. Pablo Ruiz

 

March 2020 – Ylönen finished his season with 22 points in 53 games for the Pelicans in Liiga. He is now on his way over to help the Laval Rockets make a playoff push. His elite-level acceleration and skating should be an added boost to the Rockets transition game as well as to their rush opportunities. It will be interesting to see how Ylönen adjusts to the North American smaller ice and rougher game. He will likely be given a chance to play with higher-quality teammates in Laval than he did for the Pelicans, which should make his life easier in terms of generating scoring chances. Pablo Ruiz

 

June 2019 – As many expected it appeared to be a seamless transition from Mestis to Liiga for Ylönen. It took roughly 15 games for the Finn to pick up his stride leading into the IIHF World Junior Championship according to the player, which earned him more ice time; especially on the power-play. He states at that point, “everything got easier.” His six points in seven games at the World Juniors helped lead Finland to its gold medal. For him to have an impactful future in the NHL he will need to add muscle and continue to gain confidence offensively. This coming year Ylönen will have more responsibilities and better deployment which should translate into a positive trajectory regarding his development. Jesse Sherman

 

June 2018 – Ylönen was drafted 35th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. Ylönen is a great skater with very good goal-scoring ability but he can also make plays. He spent the past season playing at the second-highest level in Finland but will move up to the top level in Liiga for next season. He’s expected to play a big role for Team Finland at the upcoming World Junior Championship tournament. Ylönen was one of the older players in this draft class but still needs a couple of years to reach the NHL. He’s the son of former NHL player Juha.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 3, 1999
Height 6‘0”
Weight 168 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 35

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Finland Selects U13QC Int PW3 2 13 2|        
 2013-2014 Kiekko-Espoo U16 ChU16 SM-sarja Q13 9 1322 2|        
  Kiekko-Espoo U16 ChU16 SM-sarja32 15 2136 6|        
 2014-2015 Kiekko-Espoo U16U16 SM-sarja Q10 14 1529 4|        
  Kiekko-Espoo U16U16 SM-sarja23 22 2850 10|        
  Kiekko-Espoo U18U18 SM-sarja2 0 00 0|        
  Jokerit U18U18 SM-sarja6 1 23 0|Playoffs10 0 22