Artturi Lehkonen
Artturi Lehkonen
24-Year-Old Left WingLW
Montreal Canadiens
2018 Fantasy Outlook
On paper, it looks as though Lehkonen took a step back last season after an impressive rookie campaign. He had 12 goals and nine assists over 66 games in 2017-18, a regression from the 18/10 line he posted in 73 games the previous year. However, the last memory we have is that eight of his 21 points and seven of his 12 goals came in the final 15 games. A more meaningful silver lining than his finish is that Lehkonen was second on the team in individual scoring chances and third in high-danger opportunities, per Natural Stat Trick. A 7.3 shooting percentage, less than the league average, suggests the second-year forward was snakebitten. He plays both ends of the ice well, a trait near and dear to the heart of head coach Claude Julien, and that alone should get him top-six minutes and time on the power play. Lehkonen is someone to watch in 2018-19. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.8 million contract with the Canadiens in July of 2019.
Re-ups with Montreal
LWMontreal Canadiens
July 11, 2019
Lehkonen agreed to a two-year, $4.8 million contract with the Canadiens on Thursday.
With signing the deal, Lehkonen and Montreal avoid having to go through the salary arbitration that the wing filed for last week. Lehkonen is coming off a 2018-19 campaign in which he appeared in all 82 games and set a career high in points with 31.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Lehkonen, a 2013 second-round draft pick, chose to spend the last few seasons in Europe instead of the American Hockey League. That was a wise choice, as he came to North America as a 21-year-old and showed off an advanced hockey IQ -- acquired by facing older competition in Scandinavia. He made a seamless transition to the smaller rinks, using an accurate and quick release to score 18 goals, and he was one of the Canadiens’ top players in the postseason. Both GM Michel Therrien and head coach Claude Julien seemed to trust him as a defensive forward, yet he exceeded expectations by evolving into an important secondary source of offense while playing mostly third-line minutes. With a year under his belt and perhaps some added heft to his frame, Lehkonen could earn a regular spot as a second-line left winger and thus has definite sleeper appeal heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
Lehkonen, a second-round draft pick in the 2013 draft, was the rookie of the year for Kalpa in Finland's SM-Liiga in 2012-13. He has high offensive talent, but adding some bulk will help him at the NHL level. The 18-year-old sniper will return to skate for Kalpa this coming season.
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Seeking arbitration
LWMontreal Canadiens
July 5, 2019
Lehkonen filed for salary arbitration Friday.
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Avoids unrestricted free agency
LWMontreal Canadiens
June 26, 2019
Lehkonen will remain with the Canadiens next season, according to general manager Marc Bergevin.
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First multi-point game of 2019
LWMontreal Canadiens
April 2, 2019
Lehkonen scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Lightning.
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Finds scoring touch
LWMontreal Canadiens
March 27, 2019
Lehkonen scored a goal and was plus-3 in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Panthers.
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Promoted to second line
LWMontreal Canadiens
March 17, 2019
Lehkonen was promoted to the second line for Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports. He finished with three shots, two blocked shots and one hit over 14:30 of ice time.
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