Kristian Vesalainen

Winnipeg Jets
AOP

Fantasy Summary

Top-six forward with tremendous size and scoring ability.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country FIN
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 1, 1999
Height 6‘4”
Weight 209 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 24

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 HIFK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 4 2 3 5 0 |          
  HIFK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 5 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
 2013-2014 HIFK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 9 8 12 20 0 |          
  HIFK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 28 18 21 39 8 | Playoffs 3 2 2 4
  HIFK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 9 1 1 2 0 |          
  HJK U18 Jr. B Mestis 3 2 3 5 2 |          
 2014-2015 HIFK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 2 1 3
  HIFK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 18 10 5 15 29 | Playoffs 12 5 3 8
  HIFK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 17 1 1 2 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Finland U17 WHC-17 6 3 2 5 4 |          
  Finland U17 EYOF 3 2 1 3 2 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 24 8 5 13 8 |          
 2015-2016 Frölunda HC Champions HL 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1
  Finland U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 37 15 19 34 0 | Playoffs 1 0 1 1
  Frölunda HC SHL 19 1 1 2 0 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 4 4 8 4 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 2 4 6 6 |          
 2016-2017 Frölunda HC Champions HL 6 2 1 3 0 |          
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 10 4 0 4 14 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3
  Frölunda HC SHL 26 1 5 6 2 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  HPK Liiga 9 1 0 1 0 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 6 7 13 8 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 9 6 7 13 10 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 1 1 2 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 12 4 3 7 4 |          
 2017-2018 HPK Liiga 44 19 20 39 6 |          
  Kärpät Liiga 5 3 1 4 0 | Playoffs 18 4 4 8 14 
  Finland U20 WJC-20 5 2 4 6 2 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 10 3 6 9 6 |          

Highlights