Young gun Jesperi Kotkaniemi will be making his preseason debut on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre.
During the morning skate, the 18-year-old Finn centered a line with Nicolas Deslauriers to his left and countryman Artturi Lehkonen on his right side.
Kotkaniemi has been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to put his skills on display against an NHL roster.
“I’m really, really excited. It’s nice to finally get things started in a real game,” said Kotkaniemi, the third-overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft. “Your first real game with the men is a big step for me. I want to show what I have.”