Miska Kukkonen

Buffalo Sabres
Photo courtesy of Tappara.fi

Fantasy Summary

A smooth two-way defenseman with high level passing abilities.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 2.5
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 19, 2000
Height 6‘1”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 5; Overall: 125

Observations

November 2019 – Miska Kukkonen has had a rocky first full season in the Liiga playing for Lukko. In 18 appearances, he has recorded two assists and 20 PIM. Unfortunately, as of late Kukkonen has seen a reduction in his ice time. With Winnipeg Jets prospect Ville Heinola back with Lukko after his short stint in the NHL, Kukkonen has been the odd man out. Given the defensive depth that Lukko has, perhaps we might see Kukkonen dealt to another Liiga club as teams gear up for a playoff run. In addition, there is a chance that Kukkonen could suit up for Team Finland (Team Suomi) at the World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic. If he does end up playing for Finland, there is a good chance that he will be playing alongside Heinola, Anttoni Honka, Rasmus Kupari and Anton Lundell.  Josh Tessler

 

September 2018 – With their fifth round selection, Buffalo went with Miska Kukkonen, a smooth-skating two-way Finnish defenseman who played out the last year in the Jr. A SM-liiga with Ilves U20. He is now playing for Tappara and has once again started the year in the Jr.A with promise of playing in the Liiga later in the year. Kukkonen is considered an overlooked talent on both ends of the ice. He pairs some good vision and passing skills with his skating ability and has some good defensive abilities. Kukkonen needs to work on his strength to make it to the NHL, but he is looking like a great bet late in the draft. Marcus Griep


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 FoPS U16 Jr. C Mestis Q 8 2 8 10 24 |          
  FoPS U16 Jr. C Mestis 12 7 3 10 16 |          
  FoPS U16 Jr. C Suomi-sarja 9 9 19 28 16 |          
  FoPS U16 Jr. C S-s lopputurnaus 3 2 2 4 6 |          
 2015-2016 FoPS U17 Jr. B2 Mestis Q 2 1 2 3 6 |          
  FoPS U17 Jr. B2 Mestis 2 0 0 0 14 |          
  FoPS U20 Jr. A Mestis 16 3 4 7 24 | Relegation 3 0 4 4
  Finland U16 YOG 6 1 0 1 5 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 10 2 0 2 6 |          
 2016-2017 Ilves U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
  Ilves U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 24 1 7 8 44 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 6 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 11 3 2 5 20 |          
 2017-2018 Ilves U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 12 2 2 4 33 |          
 2018-2019 Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 29 2 6 8 46 |          
  Tappara Liiga 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  KeuPa HT Mestis 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  LeKi Mestis 1 0 0 0 12 |          
  Lukko U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 4 0 0 0 6 |          
  Lukko Liiga 7 0 1 1 2 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0
 2019-2020 Lukko U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 4 0 2 2 2 |          
  Lukko Liiga 19 0 2 2 20 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr - - - - - |          

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