Otto Leskinen

Montreal Canadiens
Photo courtesy of Liiga.fi

Fantasy Summary

Average-sized puck-moving defender with upside to be a number four defenseman. Loves to join the rush and play the cycle game in the offensive zone. Smooth skater. Needs to improve his defensive game.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 6, 1997
Height 5‘11”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

May 2019 – 22-year-old free agent Leskinen has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Canadiens. Leskinen has average size (5-11, 187) but he’s a very good puck-moving defenseman who loves to join the rush and participate in the cycle game in the offensive zone. He’s a smooth skater who isn’t afraid to take risks to make offensive plays. He has played three full seasons at the Liiga level already but had his breakout season in 2018-2019. Leskinen led all defensemen on his team with eight goals and 31 points in 57 games. 31 points was also fourth-best on the low-scoring KalPa team and eighth best in the league among defensemen. Early in the season, he led his team in points for quite some time. He has a very good shot and he likes to use it a lot – his shot total was fifth-best in the league among defensemen. One cause for concern is that 17 of his points were scored on the power play where he received more ice time than any other player on his team (over three minutes per game).

Leskinen averaged almost 22 minutes of ice time per game but was only rarely used on the penalty kill. His numbers were very good because he was given the type of role that suits his strengths as an offensive defenseman. Leskinen needs another year or two to improve his defensive game before he’s ready to challenge for a spot on the NHL roster. But because of his skating ability and offensive tools, Leskinen offers a good amount of upside. If everything breaks perfectly, he could be a number four defenseman. But a more likely scenario is that he becomes a bottom-pair guy.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Warkis/PiPS U16 Jr. C II-divisioona 5 1 3 4 2 |          
  Warkis/PiPS U16 Jr. C II-div. lopputurnaus 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2011-2012 PiPS/SuKiKa U16 Jr. C II-divisioona 3 0 6 6 4 |          
  Warkis/PiPS U17 Jr. B2 SM-sarja Q 10 0 3 3 14 |          
  Warkis/PiPS U17 Jr. B2 I-divisioona 19 6 9 15 12 |          
  PiPS U18 Jr. B III-divisioona 1 0 1 1 0 |          
  PiPS/Warkis II-divisioona 1 0 0 0 2 |          
 2012-2013 Warkis/PiPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 5 5 5 10 0 |          
  Warkis/PiPS U16 Jr. C Mestis 3 1 3 4 0 |          
  Warkis/PiPS U18 Jr. B Mestis Q 8 2 3 5 16 |          
  Warkis/PiPS U18 Jr. B Mestis 14 1 4 5 8 |          
  Warkis/PiPS U18 Jr. B Suomi-sarja 2 0 3 3 2 |          
  PiPS/Warkis II-divisioona 5 1 0 1 8 |          
  PiPS/Warkis Suomi-sarja 21 1 5 6 12 |          
 2013-2014 KalPa U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 43 11 24 35 38 | Playoffs 7 0 2 2 29 
  KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 8 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 KalPa U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 2 1 0 1 2 |          
  KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 44 5 21 26 40 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 0 0 0 4 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 12 1 1 2 2 |          
 2015-2016 KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 28 6 25 31 39 | Playoffs 9 2 4 6
  KalPa Liiga 19 0 1 1 2 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 5 0 0 0 2 |          
  Finland U19 (all) International-Jr 7 0 3 3 2 |          
 2016-2017 KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 2 0 2 2 2 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
  KalPa Champions HL 6 0 0 0 2 |          
  KalPa Liiga 50 2 8 10 10 | Playoffs 14 1 0 1
  IPK Mestis 5 1 2 3 2 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 13 0 0 0 10 |          
 2017-2018 KalPa Champions HL 4 0 3 3 2 |          
  KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 4 0 5 5
  KalPa Liiga 52 1 12 13 20 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1
 2018-2019 KalPa Liiga 57 8 23 31 34 |          
  KalPa Spengler Cup 4 0 1 1 4 |          
  Finland EHT 7 0 3 3 2 |          
  Finland (all) International 12 0 4 4 2 |          
 2019-2020 Laval Rocket AHL - - - - - |          

Highlights