Kukkonen was drafted as a 22-year-old, a two-year captain of Karpat. Displayed excellent movement and two-way strengths at the 2003 prospect camp.
Solid defensive player and team leader who understands the game well. Sees the ice well and is capable of good transition passing, but plays conservatively. Handles all responsibilities in his own end well. Team leader unafraid to get physical during the heat of battle.