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Canadiens Prospect Breakdown: Jesse Ylönen

The Montreal Canadiens 2017-18 season was disastrous, as the team failed to make the playoffs due to their lack of forward depth and goaltender Carey Price’s injury. The draft that followed, however, was one of the few in recent years that the team can count as a win. The Habs had the third-overall pick and opted to fill their need at center with Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who recently joined the Carolina Hurricanes on a signed offer sheet. The team had a decent second day of action, using their picks from rounds 2-7 to select promising prospects like Jordan Harris, Alexander Romanov, Cam Hillis, and Jesse Ylönen.

Jesse Ylonen of Espoo United
Jesse Ylonen of Espoo United (Ilari Nackel/Espoo United)

Ylönen, selected with their first pick of the second round (35th overall), will be the main focus of this week’s prospect breakdown, as he is now with the Laval Rocket in the American Hockey League (AHL) and played a game with the Habs near the end of the season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound right-winger has been fine-tuning his game in the Finnish men’s league since 2018-19 and has earned more or less the same results year after year on a struggling Lahti Pelicans team. He signed his entry-level contract in March 2020, then joined the Rocket last February when their season began and scored 19 points in 27 games. He also played 11 minutes in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers in his NHL debut, in which he remained scoreless.

Below you will find footage and data that encapsulate Ylönen’s strengths and weaknesses, along with an in-depth analysis of what he could bring to the NHL level.


To begin Ylönen’s breakdown, here’s a look at his game in detail as we point out the attributes that stand out the most.

Skating – Top Speed, Acceleration, Edgework

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