|Date of Birth||7/4/1995|
|Height, Weight||6'0", 177 lbs|
|Drafted||2013 - Rd 2|
Lehkonen returned to the lineup Saturday and had three shots along with two blocked shots in a 3-0 win over Ottawa.
Lehkonen was a one-game healthy scratch before returning to the active lineup. Montreal head coach Claude Julien's reasoning behind the scratch largely focused on Lehkonen's lack of offense. Julien felt guys like Nick Cousins and Jordan Weal offer more offensive upside, but the coach returned to Lehkonen against the Senators. The Canadiens signaled an organizational focus on next season with Sunday's trade of Ilya Kovalchuk to Washington, which suggests Lehkonen will be part of the active lineup going forward. However, the issue of his offense lingers. The Finn has no goals and one point in the last nine games and just two goals in the last 19.
Lehkonen will serve as a scratch for Thursday's game against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Lehkonen participated in morning skate and pregame warmups, so there's nothing to suggest an injury issue is at play Thursday. Consider him a healthy scratch for the contest barring news to the contrary.
Lehkonen had an assist and one blocked shot over 17:32 of ice time in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas.
After a one-game sojourn to the fourth line, Lehkonen was back on the third line and received four minutes more TOI as a result. Canadiens head coach Claude Julien was forced to juggle lines after Jonathan Drouin (ankle) and Nate Thompson (flu) were scratched, which prompted the promotion. The assist was the first point in eight games for Lehkonen, who has just one goal in the last 12 contests (5.3 shooting percentage).
Lehkonen had one shot and two blocked shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
Lehkonen was dropped to the fourth line Friday and had nearly two fewer minutes of ice time than his season average. Montreal has had recent difficulty putting the puck in the net, prompting line tweaking by coach Claude Julien. Lehkonen has just two points (both goals) over the last 15 games.