If there was one prospect on the farm primed for a breakout campaign in 2013, it was Teemu Hartikainen. The 6’1”, 214 pound winger entered the year with a very good chance at top-six minutes in the NHL, as the Oilers hoped to use his size, strength and offensive instincts to complement a skilled group strong on the latter but light on the former. Instead, Hartikainen scored all of one goal and found himself back in the minors.

The season started well for Hartikainen. He scored at a point per game pace in a lockout-strengthened AHL during the first month of the season and spent some time with Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, finding chemistry with prospective Oilers linemates. As the season progressed, his scoring dipped slightly but his two-way play on a line with Magnus Paajarvi and Anton Lander (the “Nordic Line”) was very strong.

Unfortunately for Hartikainen, neither the scoring nor the strong two-way play really translated to the NHL, and he didn’t use his size and strength the way he had in previous recalls.

There is an argument to be made that opportunity played a part in that – with Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky entrenched in top-six roles on the wing, Hartikainen was in a tough fight with Nail Yakupov for the other spot on a designated scoring line. Instead, he started the year on the fourth line, behind those four, Ryan Smyth and Lennart Petrell.

On the other hand, Magnus Paajarvi started the year outside the lineup and managed to force his way up the depth chart, despite receiving lesser opportunities out of the gate than Hartikainen did. It’s difficult to argue that Hartikainen’s poor season was a product of circumstance when Paajarvi managed to get noticed playing very similar minutes.

Scoring-wise, Hartikainen had a year reminiscent of another once-hyped Oilers power forward prospect, Jean-Francois Jacques. The young Finn picked up three points, but they all came on the power play – in 23 games, not only did he fail to record an even-strength point, but he wasn’t even on the ice for a goal for 5-on-5. The team’s shot rates weren’t especially bad, and the Oilers went an incredible 0-for-34 on scoring chances with him on the ice, but even so zero even-strength points stand out.