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Artturi Lehkonen Geared for Successful Season

Artturi Lehkonen burst onto the North American scene after practicing his craft in Europe for five years. The Finnish standout certainly impressed in his rookie season with the Montreal Canadiens. An 18 goal, 28 point season has set him up for great things in the future.

Artturi Lehkonen’s two-way game instantly made him coach’s favourite. It was easy for Montreal’s brass to throw Lehkonen into any in-game situation knowing that he can transition from offense to defense in the blink of an eye. His willingness to put his nose to the net and the dirty areas that no one will voluntarily embark, as well as his knack for scoring goals with his wicked wrist shot, make him such an intriguing player. The great thing about the finish flash is that he’s at the tender age of 22.

Arturri Lehkonen is geared for another successful season. With a full NHL season under his belt, he will have heightened responsibilities from the Habs coaching staff. Because of his steady improvements and the loss of Alexander Radulov, the former 2013 2nd round pick will be an attractive option as a top-6 forward.

It might be a more consistent deployment system that gives him a breakout season. It’s fair to say that Lehkonen was moved around quite a few times during his 1st full campaign. He was mostly utilized as a left-winger, nonetheless, Lehkonen saw time as a right-winger on a line with Andrew Shaw and Alex Galchenyuk. It’s clear that the Finnish forward instills versatility into this lineup, but maybe some consistency will give him an advantage going forward.

Lehkonen can be slotted anywhere within the top-6. He can play on the top line along with Pacioretty and Drouin. He can also play on a line with Galchenyuk and Danault. However, the best fit for him at this moment is his current line. The Hudon-Plekanec-Lehkonen line has produced wonders this preseason. There’s a perfect balance between a defensive stalwart in Tomas Plekanec and two crafty yet defensively capable players in Charles Hudon and Arturri Lehkonen. That line may just as well stick considering it’s early success. There’s no reason for it to be broken apart.

Nonetheless, Arturri Lehkonen remains to be an intriguing player for the Habs as he continues to turn heads after every shift.

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