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Fantasy Summary

Top-six forward with tremendous size and scoring ability.


Observations

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August 2020 – Vesalainen made a decent impact at the AHL level this season, finishing with 12 goals and 30 points in 60 games. He still needs some time to acclimate to the North American style, but offensively, the upside is there. Following an early exit in the qualifying round of the NHL’s return to play format, the Jets could see some roster changes ahead of next season and Vesalainen may challenge for a spot in training camp. Jamie Zadow

March 2020 – Vesalainen had a very up and down season between the AHL and NHL. However, in recent weeks, he has seemed to find his stride with the Moose playing on a line with David Gustafsson. One thing the former first-round pick has really worked on has been his skating ability to be able to compete at the next level. Since coming over from Finland he has been a bit rough around the edges, but the size and scoring prowess remain as he could be a mainstay for the Jets in the near future. Jamie Zadow

March 2019 – After struggling down the stretch for Jokerit in the KHL playoffs — one point in six playoff games — Vesalainen found himself as a healthy scratch at times. He will re-join the Jets and play for the Moose to close out the month. The young Finn recorded eight points in eight AHL games earlier this year. Jamie Zadow

December 2018 – Vesalainen has declined invitation to join Team Finland for the World Juniors. Team Finland’s head coach confirmed it was player’s decision to focus on his season with Jokerit in the KHL instead of travelling to Canada for the tournament.  Jokke Nevalainen

April 2018 – Vesalainen had a terrific rookie year with HPK in the Liiga, finishing second on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 39 points in 44 games. The young forward is currently on loan to Karpat and played an instrumental role in their first round playoff win. His high-tempo offensive game, paired with an overwhelming size in front of the net make him challenge for any defenseman in the Liiga. Jamie Zadow

 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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.2
Country FIN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 1, 1999
Height 6‘4”
Weight 209 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 24

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 HIFK U16U16 SM-sarja Q4 2 35 0|        
  HIFK U16U16 SM-sarja5 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
 2013-2014 HIFK U16U16 SM-sarja Q9 8 1220 0|        
  HIFK U16U16 SM-sarja28 18 2139 8|Playoffs3 2 24
  HIFK U18U18 SM-sarja9 1 12 0|        
  HJK U16U16 Mestis1 1 01 0|        
  HJK U18U18 Mestis3 2 35 2|        
 2014-2015 HIFK U16U16 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs1 2 13
  HIFK U18U18 SM-sarja18 10 515 29|Playoffs12 5 38
  HIFK U20U20 SM-sarja17 1 12 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Finland U17WHC-176 3 25 4|        
  Finland U17EYOF3 2 13 2|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr24 8 513 8|        
 2015-2016 Frölunda HCChampions HL3 0 00 0|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Allsvenskan0 0 00 0|Playoffs2 1 01
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 00 0|        
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell37 15 1934 0|Playoffs1 0 11
  Frölunda HCSHL19 1 12 0|Playoffs5 0 00
  Finland U17WHC-175 4 48 4|        
  Finland U18WJC-187 2 46 6|        
 2016-2017 Frölunda HCChampions HL6 2 13 0|        
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell10 4 04 14|Playoffs5 2 13
  Frölunda HCSHL26 1 56 2|Playoffs1 0 00
  HPKLiiga9 1 01 0|        
  Finland U18WJC-187 6 713 8|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr9 6 713 10|        
  Finland U20WJC-206 1 12 0|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr12 4 37 4|        
 2017-2018 HPKLiiga44 19 2039 6|        
  KärpätLiiga5 3 14 0|Playoffs18 4 48 14 
  Finland U20WJC-205 2 46 2|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr10 3 69 6|        
 2018-2019 Winnipeg JetsNHL5 0 11 0|        
  Manitoba MooseAHL22 4 913 10|        
  JokeritKHL31 6 1117 0|Playoffs6 1 01
 2019-2020 Manitoba MooseAHL60 12 1830 10|        
 2020-2021 HPKLiiga- - -- -|        

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