Just curious how he's looked in the pre-season thus far; I know that there have been some whispers that he was slated to be pencilled in as your #2 C after the Lang deal, has he looked the part or is he not quite ready for that type of responsibility yet? Thanks in advance!
I haven't gone to any pre-season games so far, here is my 2 cents on Kontiola: last season's playoffs against the Wolves, he was and still is easily the best player on the ice. While he is considered a playmaker, he has an underrated shot and he's a legit goal scorer and that still seems to be under the radar. Since he makes hits and isn't afraid to play physical, I would consider his upside as being a capable 3rd line center in the NHL, but I highly doubt he could cut it as the #2 guy.