Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the top 6 hurricanes of 2022-2023?

Freshly signed for eight seasons, Jesperi Kotkaniemi could see his responsibilities increase in 2022-2023.

After playing most of the Hurricanes’ games in the fourth row in 2021/22, the Finn could move up to the second row this season.

Team coverage reporter Chip Alexander expects KK to play Teuvo Teravainen and Martin Necas at the center.

Here are the trios awaiting Alexander:

Andrei Svechnikov – Sebastian Aho – Seth Jarvis

Teuvo Teravainen-Jesperi Kotkaniemi-Martin Necas

Nino Niederreiter – Jordan Staal – Jesper Fast

Steven Lorentz-Jack Drury-Jordan Martinook

Vincent Trocheck becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 13, and the journalist isn’t very optimistic about seeing him back in Carolina. Trocheck is a key player and his departure would likely be the reason for Kotkaniemi’s rise.

No, the guy isn’t coming to Montreal to play. It’s going to cost way too much.

Carolina is currently almost $20 million below the salary cap, but has several players to sign: Nino Niederreiter, Max Domi, Ian Cole, Derek Stepan (UFA), Martin Necas, Ethan Bear and Tony DeAngelo (Germany).

In 66 games in 2021-2022, KK had 29 points including 12 goals. If he plays in the top 6 with better players, will he produce more? We hope so for the Hurricanes, who, I remind you, pulled out the checkbook to keep.

As I mentioned, Don Waddell still has a lot of money to spend, but the trios released by Chip Alexander don’t scare me. The defense is still excellent, that is. Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta are also good goalkeepers.

With a team like Carolina aiming a lot in 2022, does it fit well to have a (not very consistent) man in the top-6?


Kaiden Guhle Arber Xhekaj was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team.

– Brad Lambert’s rights in the CHL will pass to the Seattle Thunderbirds. Will he play there in 2022-23?

– Scott Wedgewood stays with the stars.

– CF Montreal does very good figure in the MLS after 16 weeks.

– Jalen Brunson goes to the Big Apple.

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