Drafted by Buffalo Sabres in 2018 #125
- 2018-01-13 at Ilves - TUTO Hockey, U20 by Asko Huuki
Kukkonen played only his fourth game of the season but he still got almost 17 minutes of ice time. The lack of games this season was still visible in his play and while he tried to keep things simple, he struggled especially with his passing at the beginning of the game.
Overall Kukkonen seems to be developing into reliable two-way defenceman. He is physically very mature for a player of his age and he is physically tough to beat, especially because he also moves surprisingly well. Offensively he wasn’t the best defender from his team and his offensive skill set is somewhat limited but he makes simple yet effective plays and he also reads well the situations when he should join the rush.
At the moment Kukkonen is better at the defensive side and while TUTO Hockey wasn’t able to create a lot of offense, Kukkonen was able to show his ability to play responsible and physical game at the own end. His gap control and positioning wasn’t as good as it was year ago however but that part of the game might improve when he has played more games this season.
- 2016-11-19 at Ilves - Ässät, U20 by Miika Arponen
Kukkonen is a prototype of a modern defenceman. He is very mobile and agile on skates and is skilled on defending with the stick. His gap control is good and he knows how to play physical too.
While he isn’t a wizard with the puck, he can make plays and joins the rush when there’s a place to do so. He is occasionally a bit too eager to attack which may lead to odd-man rushes towards his own end. He also needs to gain some muscle to win the battles in front of the net.
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|2014-2015||FoPS U16||Jr. C Mestis Q||8||2||8||10||24||||
|FoPS U16||Jr. C Mestis||12||7||3||10||16||||
|FoPS U16||Jr. C Suomi-sarja||9||9||19||28||16||||
|FoPS U16||Jr. C S-s lopputurnaus||3||2||2||4||6||||
|2015-2016||FoPS U17||Jr. B2 Mestis Q||2||1||2||3||6||||
|FoPS U17||Jr. B2 Mestis||2||0||0||0||14||||
|FoPS U20||Jr. A Mestis||16||3||4||7||24|||||Relegation||3||0||4||4||2|
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||10||2||0||2||6||||
|2016-2017||Ilves U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||0||0||0||0||0|||||Playoffs||4||0||1||1||6|
|Ilves U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||24||1||7||8||44|||||Playoffs||3||0||0||0||2|
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||11||3||2||5||20||||
|2017-2018||Ilves U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||12||2||2||4||33||||
|2018-2019||Tappara U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||-||-||-||-||-||||
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