Reliable defender who prioritizes his own zone. Can move the puck but his overall offensive upside appears to be limited.
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May 2022 – After a late-season offensive surge with the Marlies in 2021-22, there was some hope that a move to a new club in Liiga would help unlock more offense in Kokkonen’s game. That never really materialized in his first season with the Pelicans organization but he continued to display solid defensive abilities and maturity beyond his years, earning a three-year entry level contract with the Maple Leafs back in March. Kokkonen should be a staple on the back end for the Marlies in 2022-23 and his advanced defensive game could make him a depth option for the Leafs sooner rather than later. Nick Richard
May 2021 – Kokkonen’s North American debut has been impressive. He was handed regular top-pairing duties and adapted rapidly, losing his jitters after a couple games and quickly gaining the confidence to explore the offensive side of his two-way game more than most expected. His 7 points in 11 games was the highest per-game pace of any Marlies defenseman, and his performance earned him more time on PP2 as his tryout went on. His calmness at both ends of the ice is evident in all situations. He signed a 2-year contract in Finland earlier this season, but this strong performance may throw a wrench in previous plans. The Marlies have a logjam but Kokkonen’s quick assimilation while playing meaningful minutes makes him worthy of making room for. Hayden Soboleski
April 2021 – Toronto has signed Kokkonen to a PTO and the 2019 3-round-pick is poised to join the Marlies for a stint. He has reportedly re-signed in Finla