Jesperi Kotkaniemi to start season with Montreal Canadiens

Jesperi Kotkaniemi talks with the media about how he is feeling after finding out he will start the season with the Montreal Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi will start the 2018-19 seasons in the NHL, the team announced on Saturday.

The 18-year-old, drafted with the third-overall pick in June’s draft, will make his NHL debut on Wednesday when the Canadiens travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on the opening day of the season.

After an impressive first pre-season with Montreal, Kotkaniemi will now have nine regular-season games to prove he belongs in the NHL before the first year of his entry-level contract kicks in.

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