Reliable two-way defenseman with top-four upside.
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January 2020 – Kokkonen has finished the 2020 WJC with two goals in seven games, and earned Player of the Game honors in Finland’s semifinal loss. He was not overly dominant in the tournament, but showed his ability to adapt to slow and fast-paced contests. Still just 18, he will likely play an even bigger role for the Finns on next year’s squad. Hayden Soboleski
December 2019 – Kokkonen recovered from injury with minimal time missed, and has spent the majority of the 2019-20 campaign in Finland’s top league as expected. His 3 points in 20 games certainly doesn’t jump off the page, but strength is in his 200-foot play and his overall game has been strong enough to earn a spot on Team Finland for the WJC tournament. Strong play on the world stage would boost his fantasy stock, but he wont be contributing for your fantasy squad for at least two seasons so value him accordingly. Hayden Soboleski
September 2019 – A lingering “upper-body injury” has Kokkonen sitting out from play so far in Liiga’s preseason. Missing time in the top Finnish league would be a speedbump in his development, so watch out if this drags on into the fall. Hayden Soboleski
June 2019 – Kokkonen has been drafted 84th overall by the Maple Leafs. Jokke Nevalainen
June 2019 – Kokkonen was officially measured at 5-foot-11.25 and 200 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine. Jokke Nevalainen
November 2018 – Kokkonen has been a full-time player in the Liiga this season. He has 10 points in 21 games which is historically good production for a 17-year-old defenseman. Kokkonen is a reliable two-way defenseman who does everything well but doesn’t excel in any aspect of the game. He isn’t a flashy player by any means but he gets the job done both offensively and defensively. He’s very mature for his age both physically and mentally which has allowed him to play a significant role at the pro level. Kokkonen should be a lock for the World Juniors. Jokke Nevalainen