Harri Pesonen
Image: NHL

Harri Pesonen


Muurame Finland

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:








Free agent signing, 2012


194 lbs. lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream

2008-09: Harri Pesonen skated in 47 regular season games for SM-Liiga regular season and playoff champion JyP in his first pro season after skating for Finland in the 2009 World Junior Championship the previous season. He scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was minus-three with 12 penalty minutes; averaging 7:35 minutes of ice time per game. He averaged over 10 minutes in 15 playoff games; finishing plus-five with 4 goals, 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes.

2009-10: Pesonen split the year between JyP and D Team in Finland's second league (Mestis). Averaging just under 12 minutes of ice time in 25 games with JyP, he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was minus-four with 35 penalty minutes. In 18 games with D Team, averaging almost 18 minutes, he scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was an even plus/minus with 33 penalty minutes. Pesonen played in 11 playoff games as D Team reached the Mestis finals after finishing fifth in the regular season. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was even with 8 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Pesonen returned to JyP on a full-time basis in his third pro season as the Jyvaskyla club had the SM-Liiga's best record for the third straight season. He scored 11 goals with 15 assists and was plus-12 with 26 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games. Pesonen was the club's leading scorer in the playoffs – scoring 4 goals with 6 assists and finishing plus-three in 10 games. JyP was upset by Espoo in the semifinals and lost 4-2 to Lukko in the bronze medal game.

2011-12: Pesonen led SM-Liiga champion JyP in goals, scoring 21 times in 60 games and finishing plus-11 with 14 assists. His 52 penalty minutes were second-most on the club. JyP finished fourth during the season before rolling through the playoffs. Pesonen finished the playoffs with a flourish. After being held to just one goal in the series against Jokerit, he scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was plus-3 in the five game final series against Pelicans. He signed a one-year free agent contract with New Jersey in June, 2012.

2012-13: Pesonen made his NHL debut – playing four games with New Jersey in March – and was the fourth-leading scorer for New Jersey's AHL affiliate Albany in his first season in North America. He had no points and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging nine minutes of ice time with New Jersey. Pesonen scored 14 goals with 17 assists and was +7 with 24 penalty minutes in 64 games for Albany. The Albany Devils missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Northeast Division. Pesonen was re-signed to a one-year contract by New Jersey as a restricted free agent in July, 2013.


Talent Analysis

Pesonen is solidly built winger with above-average puck-skills. He has great offensive zone hockey sense and when you combine that with his willingness to shoot the puck, you get a player who is more than capable of lighting the lamp on a regular basis. His work ethic has come into question at times as he often appears lazy and uninterested. When he’s not going at 100%, he becomes a decidedly less-effective player.



Pesonen’s first year in North America was a success in Albany. While he didn’t light the world on fire, his scoring ability was enough for the Devils to re-sign the Finnish forward. Now he must show he can become a go-to goal-scorer on an Albany team in need of a punch.


Prospect Impressions: “Lil Burns” wins over fans, LaBerge shines at CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

by David Hahn
Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is among the Top 20 scorers in the OHL with 15 goals and 58 points in 45 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)



The NHL All-Star weekend is always a fun event and this year, a number of the league’s brightest personalities entertained the fans in Music City. It may have been hard to top his red carpet outfit, but Brent Burns‘ son stole the show this weekend. In addition, the CHL/NHL Top Prospect Game took place and Victoriaville Tigres forward Pascal Laberge took center stage, possibly improving his draft stock in the process. Also, a pair of goaltenders show off their quickness, an enigmatic forward strikes again, plus goals by the Wolverines captain and one of the NLA’s top scorers. Read more»

New Jersey Devils starting to reap benefits of loaded minor-league system

by John Iadevaia

Keith Kinkaid - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Keith Kinkaid has been one of the top goaltenders in the AHL this season. In 16 starts, Kinkaid has an 11-4-1 record, three shutouts, and a 2.09 goals against average. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

While the New Jersey Devils are having a roller coaster season, their minor league affiliate, the Albany Devils, are the surprise team of the AHL. Part of the reason is the play from their rookie class, featuring some of the franchises top prospects, including Jon Merrill, Reid Boucher, and Stefan Matteau.

Read more»

New generation of players on the way for New Jersey Devils

by John Iadevaia

Scott Wedgewood - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Goaltender Scott Wedgewood is currently in his second full season of professional hockey. Wedgewood was selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

General Manager Lou Lamoriello has done a good job of restocking the lackluster New Jersey Devils farm system over the past six years. The junior and college ranks have produced talented prospects of all skill levels that fit the Devils mold. Now their minor league affiliate is reaping the benefits of this youth movement.

Read more»

Team Rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets feature improved prospect pool after busy off-season

by HF Staff

Ryan Murray - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Though the Columbus Blue Jackets added several important prospects this past off-season, none were more prominent than defenseman Ryan Murray, who was selected second overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Below is the bottom third of the NHL Team Rankings in terms of prospects as voted on by Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.

Read more»

New Jersey Devils own deep, diverse group of defensive prospects

by Jared Ramsden

Alexander Urbom - New Jersey

Photo: After paying his dues in the AHL for several seasons, defenseman Alexander Urbom is on the cusp of becoming a NHL quality defender. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

In terms of strengths and weaknesses, not much has changed for the New Jersey Devils organization. They continue to be well stocked on the blue line, which is good for the future because, aside from Adam Larsson and Mark Fayne, the majority of defensman in New Jersey are on the wrong-side of 30. In between the pipes, the Devils have finally started to plan for future and have a solid group of goaltending prospects. Upfront is a bit of a different story. There is some decent depth at wing and center, but in terms of top-six ability, there is not much to get excited about.

Read more»