Kontiola was a small-name junior in the Tappara organization until 2003-04. He gathered a good deal of professional games under his belt and earned a spot in the World Junior Championships, where he led the defense from his position in the center of the third line.
13 points in 39 games with Tappara in 2003-04.
2006-07: Once a late-round afterthought, Kontiola emerged as a prominent scoring threat in Finland, leading his Tappara squad in scoring with 12 goals and 47 points in 51 games. He was a member of Finland’s World Championship silver medal-winning squad, scoring a pair of goals and five assists in nine games.
2007-08: Kontiola continued to show promise, as his first year in North America was a very successful one. Playing most of the season in Rockford, Kontiola was second on the team in scoring, recording 68 points in 66 games. Kontiola’s performance warranted a call-up to Chicago, where he made his NHL debut in November 2007.
Kontiola is a dangerous playmaker who utilizes his teammates very well, choosing to make the pass over the shot. He is still rather slight, and could stand to add some more muscle.