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European Prospect Report: Jesse Ylönen leaves Finland for Laval

The number of active prospects overseas dwindles as the top forward chases his NHL dream.

Lathi Pelicans

The expected news of Jesse Ylönen’s travels came this week, as the team he has been on loan to, the Lahti Pelicans, tweeted out that he was North America bound.

While Ylönen’s time in Liiga hasn’t been that productive, ha has been secure defensively. He still finished his stint with the team ranking 10th in scoring as the Pelicans had relied upon Ryan Lasch as a scoring winger on the line above Ylönen’s.

After a first season in Liiga, a season in which the Pelicans finished third in the standings, Ylönen’s production fell as the team plummeted to the bottom of the table. While his production fell, his relative impact on the team actually increased, something I discussed in an article earlier.

He started this season on the second line, but when the Pelicans got a chance to add Lasch, the Champions Hockey League MVP from 2020, Ylönen was moved down in the lineup.

His points were split evenly between five-on-five and the power play, with three points (2G, 1A) coming with a man advantage.

Ylönen was signed late last spring in order to play with the Laval Rocket in the AHL, however an injury left him off the ice, and then the season was cancelled just as his recovery concluded. However, the time spent in Montreal and Laval left a good impression, as Ylönen told me that he was looking forward to the AHL:

What I would want to see from him in the AHL is him going more toward the net after his successful zone entires. In Finland he usually stayed on the wing to look for a pass, or took a shot to force a faceoff in the attacking zone.

Ylönen’s last comment in the text conversation with me was a thank you to the fans who have been rooting for him. “I have really appreciated the support [from the Montreal fans]!”