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Montreal Canadiens recall Otto Leskinen from Laval Rocket

The Finnish defenceman will get his first taste of the NHL.

AHL: OCT 16 Providence Bruins at Laval Rocket Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have continued to use their revolving door of defencemen. After Gustav Olofsson was sent down earlier today, Otto Leskinen was recalled by the team.

Leskinen is in his first professional season in North America but previously played in Liiga. The 22-year-old has one goal and 11 assists in 24 AHL games this season. He also has a team-high 39 penalty minutes. He has four assists on the power play.

The Finn is a mobile player who can add some offence but remains very solid defensively and most of his penalties came when he was still learning what he can and can’t get away with.

It will be interesting to see how he is used by Claude Julien, as he tends to protect his younger players. Olofsson played under six minutes in Tuesday’s win against the New York Islanders.

Leskinen was at the last two development camps with the Canadiens, the first as a try out before signing his NHL contract after the Liiga season.