The Montreal Canadiens and general manager Marc Bergevin made a small move yesterday when they signed Finnish defenseman Otto Leskinen to an entry level contract.
The move however might be bigger than most think.
Leskinen not expected to make a huge immediate impact right away and probably start the season in Laval, could be the Brett Kulak of next season just based on one of his skills.
The 22 year old is great with the puck on the power and registered 54.8% of his points on the power play last year.
"Our head coach, Sami Kapanen. He let me play a lot of power play. I think that's the biggest thing," said Leskinen. "He gave me a lot of ice time. He trusted me."
Fellow Canadiens' prospect and current KalPa teammate Joni Ikonen knows first hand of Leskinen's abilities with the man advantage.
"He was really lethal this year on the power play. He's good at passing it around and reading the game. His shot was really good this year. It was really good from the point, both his slap shot and his wrist shot. He scored a couple from there," praised Ikonen. "At the end of the season, we were on the same power play unit. He made easy passes. He's a good passer from the point, too, and he just reads the game well."
Good news for both the Canadiens who had a 13.2% success rate on the power play and the Rocket who were 17.9%.