Ville Meskanen

Ville Meskanen (born October 2, 1995) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player for Ilves of the Finnish Liiga.

Ville Meskanen
Born (1995-10-02) October 2, 1995 (age 24)
Tampere, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Liiga team
Former teams
Ilves
Hartford Wolf Pack
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present

Playing careerEdit

Undrafted, Meskanen played as a junior within Ilves organization. After a successful Jr. A season Meskanen was signed to a one-year Liiga contract with Ilves on April 15, 2014.[1]

Meskanen made his professional and Liiga debut playing with Ilves during the 2014–15 Liiga season. He played in a fourth line role against the Lahti Pelicans on October 8, 2014.[2] He finished the campaign scoring 3 goals in 10 games while with the senior team.[3]

In the 2017–18 season, Meskanen broke out offensively with Ilves, leading the club in scoring with 24 goals and 44 points in 48 games. He was signed to a two-year contract extension during the campaign on November 15, 2017.[4]

On May 3, 2018, Meskanen, used an NHL-out clause in his contract with Ilves, in agreeing to terms with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).[5]

After a successful first season in North America, posting 34 points in 70 games with the Rangers AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), Meskanen returned for his second season within the Rangers organization in the 2019–20 season.

Unable to replicate his offensive totals with the Wolf Pack, posting just four assists through 20 games, Meskanen opted to mutually terminate his contract with the New York Rangers on December 12, 2019.[6] He returned to Finland to play with his original club, Ilves of the Liiga, agreeing to an optional three-year contract on December 13.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Ilves Jr. A 34 9 5 14 2 5 3 2 5 0
2014–15 Ilves Jr. A 35 30 32 62 28 10 3 9 12 0
2014–15 Ilves Liiga 10 3 0 3 0
2014–15 LeKi Mestis 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Ilves Jr. A 4 2 1 3 2 7 4 3 7 0
2015–16 Ilves Liiga 39 6 7 13 6
2015–16 LeKi Mestis 16 6 4 10 10
2016–17 Ilves Liiga 44 9 11 20 4 10 4 3 7 2
2017–18 Ilves Liiga 48 24 20 44 4
2018–19 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 70 12 22 34 18
2019–20 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 20 0 4 4 6
2019–20 Ilves Liiga 29 12 8 20 24
Liiga totals 170 54 46 100 38 10 4 3 7 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ilves release contracts for coming season". jatkoaika.com (in Finnish). April 28, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Young Ilves forward Meskanen makes debut". is.fi. October 8, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Ville Meskanen player profile". eurohockey.com. February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ville Meskanen reaches two-year extension agreement" (in Finnish). Ilves. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with Ville Meskanen". New York Rangers. May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ville Meskanen: Hits waiver wire". CBSSports.com. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ilves vahvistaa hyökkäystään – Ville Meskanen liittyy joukkueeseen". ilves.com (in Finnish). December 13, 2019. Retrieved December 22, 2019.

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