Kalle Kossila

Hometown:

Kauniainen Finland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-04-14

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2016

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Kalle Kossila returned to the Espoo Blues junior program after winning a U16 national championship with Jokerit the previous season. In 33 regular season games with the Blues U18 team he scored 10 goals with 16 assists and 10 penalty minutes. Kossila was second to Ducks’ 2013 sixth-round draft pick Miro Aaltonen in scoring for Espoo in the SM-Sarja playoffs, scoring 5 goals with 6 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.

2010-11: Kossila skated for the Espoo Blues U20 and U18 teams, winning a silver medal with the U20 squad and winning a championship on the U18 team. He scored 8 goals with 11 assists and was +5 with 6 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games and was +1 with 3 goals and 5 assists in 12 playoff games with the A Juniors team. Kossila scored 4 goals with 10 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five regular season games for the Blues U18 team and scored 3 goals with 4 assists in four playoff games. He played eight games with Finland’s U18 team, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. Kossila was not part of the team that competed at the World Juniors. He was ranked 105th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Kossila was a dominant scorer for the Espoo Blues U20 team, choosing to stay with the junior team to maintain his NCAA eligibility rather than playing in Liiga. An assistant captain, he scored 20 goals with 37 assists and was +29 with 22 penalty minutes in 32 regular season games. Espoo finished second to Jokerit but was upset in the playoff quarterfinals. Kossila scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 in four playoff games. He committed to playing college hockey at St. Cloud State in 2012-13.

2012-13: Kossila skated in 40 of 42 games for St. Cloud State as a freshman and was tied with Kings’ prospect Jonny Brodzinski for third on the Huskies with 33 points. He scored 15 goals with 18 assists and was +17 with 12 penalty minutes. St. Cloud State finished tied with Minnesota for first in the WCHA and rebounded from a loss to Wisconsin in the conference tournament to reach the Frozen Four semifinals.

2013-14: Kossila led St. Cloud State with 27 assists in his sophomore season. He scored five of his 13 goals on the power play and was +7 with 16 penalty minutes in 38 games. The Huskies captured the first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season title and reached the finals of the NCAA West Regional. After being swept by Miami in a two-game NCHA quarterfinal series, St. Cloud State defeated Notre Dame 4-3 in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinal before falling to Minnesota, 4-0.

2014-15: Kossila was the fourth-leading scorer for St. Cloud State in his junior season as the Huskies reached the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. He scored 6 goals (five on the power play) with 20 assists and was -10 with 29 penalty minutes in 38 games. St. Cloud State finished sixth in the NCHC, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA West Regional after reaching the conference championship game against Miami. The Huskies defeated Michigan Tech, 3-2 in overtime, in the regional semifinal before falling 4-1 to North Dakota in the regional final.

2015-16: Kossila made his pro hockey debut in April 2016 with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls after signing a two-year entry-level contract with Anaheim following his senior season at St. Cloud State. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -3 with no penalties in six regular season games with the Gulls. San Diego finished third in the Pacific Division, defeating Texas in a first-round series before falling to the Ontario Reign. Kossila scored 2 goals and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. He was one of the nation’s top scorers in his final season of college hockey, finishing second in the nation to Michigan’s JT Compher (COL) with 40 assists. Kossila scored 14 goals and was +29 with 14 penalty minutes. The Huskies finished tied for second in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference before winning the conference tournament, defeating Minnesota-Duluth, 3-1, in the NCHC championship game. St. Cloud State was upset by Ferris State, 5-4, in the NCAA West Region semifinals.

Talent Analysis

Kossila is a short but dynamic playmaking forward with a full bag of offensive tricks. He reads the play well and is adept at finding open passing lanes and setting up teammates. His lack of stature puts him at a disadvantage in one-on-one situations but he has added bulk since his freshman season at St. Cloud State and plays a strong positional game in all three zones.

Future

Kossila signed an entry-level contract with the Ducks following his senior season at St. Cloud State and made his pro debut with the AHL's San Diego Gulls. One of the top scorers in college hockey in 2015-16, he will attend his first training camp with Anaheim looking to crack the NHL lineup. He may start the 2016-17 season in the AHL but his skill set suggests he can be an effective Viktor Arvidsson-type forward.

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