Otto Leskinen

Photo: Juha Tamminen

Born: 1997-02-06

Team: KalPa 

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 5-11 / 185

SEASON NOTES: 2018-2019

The undrafted defenseman has been a bright spot on the KalPa team that is struggling in the Liiga. Leskinen has improved significantly while taking a lot of responsibility and averaging over 22 minutes of ice-time per game this season. An agile skater who can carry the puck up the ice, Leskinen has a fairly effortless stride with little wasted motion. He has proved to be a solid power play quarterback this season. He’s smooth and smart with the puck, has deft hands and moves well laterally. Neither big nor particularly strong, he does not have the strongest physical presence. But he does compete hard in the defensive zone and uses his quick feet to defend. Leskinen was invited to Montreal’s development camp last summer. If he continues to progress over the course of the season, he may garner quite a bit of NHL interest next year. November 21, 2018