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Niklas
Kokko

Niklas Kokko has a number of traits that are really intriguing but he’s still very much a work in progress so you have to take an optimistic approach with him. He has the size that most would agree is great for the position. He moves through the crease well and in particular he’s extremely fluid…

Date of Birth
March 14, 2004
Position
Goal
Height
6'3"
Draft Year
2022
Place of Birth
Oulu, FIN  
Shoots
Left
Weight
184 lbs
Draft Result
2/58 (SEA)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Nov 14/21 Kokko Niklas 22787 – Karpat U20 vs. Ilves U20 U20 SM-sarja by David Di Paolo View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP GAA SVP
2022-2023 Kärpät liiga 1
2021-2022 Kärpät liiga 1
2021-2022 Kärpät U20 u20-sm-sarja 29
2020-2021 Kärpät U18 u18-sm-sarja 22
2020-2021 Kärpät U20 u20-sm-sarja 0
2019-2020 Kärpät U18 u18-sm-sarja 25
2019-2020 Kärpät U20 u20-sm-sarja 1
July 9, 2022
Each team’s haul at the 2022 NHL Draft
July 8, 2022
FCHockey’s 2022 NHL Draft Tracker

Niklas Kokko has a number of traits that are really intriguing but he’s still very much a work in progress so you have to take an optimistic approach with him. He has the size that most would agree is great for the position. He moves through the crease well and in particular he’s extremely fluid when down in a butterfly. He can push with power in either direction and he works hard to track pucks and maintain visual attachment through a series of screens and obstructions. He effectively uses his stick to jam up wrap around plays or net-front scrambles and he’s extremely focused and battles to find loose pucks. When addressing an attack in tight quarters, he looks really good. As the puck-carrier cuts to one side or the other he can stay with them and use his long legs to take away almost everything on the lower half. It’s a bit of a different story when he faces mid-range shots. He seems to have a lot of holes through his torso and would benefit from maintaining a more compact stance. The five-hole can sometimes be a problem and shots near his torso are almost as big a concern. He also plays with a wide stance which does allows for lateral movement but really limits his ability to adjust his depth, not to mention that in combination with a tendency to crouch over, a fair amount of his height is nullified. The positive side is that these issues are all very much fixable and shouldn’t act as a deterrent when it comes to projecting his future potential. It would seem that at the moment his path to becoming an everyday NHLer is a long one, but given his highly competitive streak, NHL-ready frame and a sound base of mobility, developmental improvements could come in leaps and bounds.


– FCHockey’s 2022 NHL Draft Guide