POSITION CENTER HEIGHT 6-0 WEIGHT 209
SHOOTS RIGHT BORN APRIL 19, 1982
BIRTHPLACE RANTASALMI, FINLAND
2005-06: Appeared in 80 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) and New York Rangers, recording 32 goals and 40 assists for 72 points, along with 34 penalty minutes Appeared in 74 games with the Wolf Pack, notching 30 goals and 40 assists for 70 points, along with 34 penalty minutes Posted a plus-16 rating on the season Finished regular season second on Wolf Pack club in points (72), third in assists (40), tied for third in plus/minus (plus-16) and fifth in goals (32) Led Hartford in power play goals (16) and ranked second on the team in scoring with 70 points at the time of his recall Set Wolf Pack single-game record with five goals and tied franchise record for points in a single game in a 6-0 win on Feb. 4 at Portland Registered at least one point in eight straight games from Feb. 17 to Mar. 1, recording five goals and nine assists for 14 points over the span... Tallied his 30th goal of season and scored two shootout goals (including the winner), on Mar. 26 at Providence, earning First Star honors in 3-2 triumph Tied Pack season high with four assists in 7-6 overtime win on Mar. 1 vs. Norfolk Registered one goal and one assist and had nine shots at Lowell on Feb.26 (Second Star) Named game's First Star on Feb. 25 vs. Albany with two power play goals in 5-4 win Netted his 25th goal of season and had nine shots in 4-3 win vs. Springfield on Feb. 24 Turned in Second Star performance on Feb. 18 vs. Providence with two assists in 4-0 victory Tallied shorthanded goal and had seven shots on Jan. 22 vs. Lowell Notched a goal and had seven shots on Jan. 18 vs. Manchester Had an assist and seven shots vs. Hershey on Jan. 13, in 4-0 win Scored winning goal in 4-3 shootout victory on Jan. 11 at Bridgeport, earning First Star nod Netted a pair of goals and earned Third Star honors in 5-3 loss at Portland on Jan. 8 Tallied game winning goal and added two assists with a plus-3 rating in Second Star performance on Jan. 4 vs. Syracuse (6-4 victory) Named game's First Star in 3-2 shootout win at Bridgeport on Dec. 23, after tallying the shootout winner Scored the game winning goal and garnered First Star nod in 3-1 win on Dec. 18 at Lowell Notched at least a point in seven straight games (three goals and six assists) from Nov. 9 to Nov. 23 Scored two power play goals, including game winner with 0:52 remaining in regulation, in North American pro debut on Oct. 8 vs. Manchester, earning First Star honors Skated in six games with the Rangers, registering two goals In NHL debut on Apr. 6 vs. the Islanders, registered first career goal, posted a plus-one rating and won six of ten faceoffs Tallied his first career power play goal on Apr. 8 at Boston, becoming the first Ranger since Ken Gernander in 1995-96 to score a goal in each of his first two NHL games Skated in six playoff matches for the Wolf Pack, tallying two goals and three assists, along with two penalty minutes Scored his first North American pro playoff goal in game two of Atlantic Division Finals vs. Portland on May 4 Made AHL playoff debut in game one of Atlantic Division Finals vs. Portland on May 2, after being returned to Wolf Pack by NY Rangers on Apr. 30.
FINLAND CAREER: Skated in 325 career games with SaPKo Samonlinna, TuTo Turku, Assat Pori and JYP Jyvasklya of the SM-Liiga (Finland), registering 92 goals and 117 assists for 209 points, along with 154 penalty minutes Also skated in 18 games for SaPKo Jr., TuTo Turku and Assat Pori Jr. of the Finnish Junior League, notching nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points, along with six penalty minutes. 1997-98: Appeared in 14 games with SaPKo Jr., registering eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points. 1998-99: Skated in 36 games for SaPKo Savonlinna of the Finnish-2 League, tallying two goals and two assists, along with six penalty minutes. 1999-00: Appeared in 42 games for SaPKo Savolinna, recording 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points, along with 34 penalty minutes. 2000-01: Skated in 41 games for TuTo Turku of the Finnish-2 League, collecting 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points, along with 22 penalty minutes Skated in 11 playoff matches for TuTo, collecting five goals and seven assists, along with 10 penalty minutes Also appeared in one game for TuTo Turku Jr., notching one assist and two penalty minutes, as well as one playoff contest, recording six penalty minutes. 2001-02: Appeared in 44 games of Assat Pori of the SM-Liiga (Finland), tallying two assists and six penalty minutes Appeared in three games for the Assat Pori Junior squad, recording one goal and one assist, along with four penalty minutes Also competed in eight postseason matches for Assat Pori Junior, notching five goals and one assist, along with 10 penalty minutes. 2002-03: Appeared in 56 games for the JYP Jyvaskyla of the SM-Liiga (Finland), registering 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points, along with 34 penalty minutes Set personal best in games played (56) and penalty minutes (34) Skated in seven postseason contests for JYP, registering one goal and one assist, along with eight penalty minutes. 2003-04: Appeared in 52 games for JYP Jyvaskyla, notching 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points, along with 28 penalty minutes Established career highs in assists (26) and points (49), leading his team in both categories Competed in two postseason matches for JYP. 2004-05: Skated in 54 games for JYP Jyvaskyla, registering 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points, along with 24 penalty minutes Tied for third in the Finnish league with 28 assists and tied for fourth in the Finnish league with 47 points Ranked first on his team in goals (19), assists (28), and points (47) Posted a six-game point streak from Oct. 28 to Nov. 23, collecting eight points (four goals and four assists) over the span Posted a five-game point streak from Oct. 14 to Oct. 23, registering seven points (five goals, four assists) over the span Posted a five-game point streak and a five-game assist streak from Sept. 17 to Sept. 30, registering eight points and six assists over the span Registered 13 multiple-point games Skated in all three of JYP's playoff games, collecting two assists, along with six penalty minutes.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Competed in multiple international tournaments for Finland. 2000: At the 2000 Under-18 World Junior Championships, recorded three goals and four assists, along with four penalty minutes in seven games His three goals, four assists and seven points were all tied for second on the team. 2002: Member of Team Finland at the 2002 Under-20 World Junior Championships In seven games at the tournament, collected four goals and three assists, along with six penalty minutes His four goals tied for the team lead and his seven points tied for second on the club.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 22, 2002 - Toronto's eighth choice, 254th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Mar. 3, 2004 - Acquired by New York Rangers, along with Maxim Kondratiev, a 2004 first round draft choice (later traded to Calgary - Chris Chucko) and a 2005 second round draft choice (Michael Sauer), in exchange for Brian Leetch and a 2004 fourth round draft choice (Roman Kukumberg).
Regular Season Playoffs
Season Club League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
1997-98 SaPKo Jr. Fin.-Jr. 14 8 12 20 0 - - - - -
1998-99 SaPKo Savonlinna Fin.-2 36 2 2 4 6 - - - - -
1999-00 SaPKo Savonlinna Fin.-2 42 18 16 34 34 - - - - -
2000-01 TuTo Turku Fin.-2 41 20 20 40 22 11 5 7 12 10
TuTo Turku Jr. Fin.-Jr. 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 6
2001-02 Assat Pori Fin. 44 0 2 2 6 - - - - -
Assat Pori Jr. Fin.- Jr. 3 1 1 2 4 8 5 1 6 10
2002-03 JYP Jyvaskyla Fin. 56 10 23 33 34 7 1 1 2 8
2003-04 JYP Jyvaskyla Fin. 52 23 26 49 28 2 0 0 0 0
2004-05 JYP Jyvaskyla Fin. 54 19 28 47 24 3 0 2 2 2
2005-06 Hartford AHL 74 30 40 70 34 - - - - -
Rangers NHL 6 2 0 2 0 - - - - -
NHL and Rangers Totals 6 2 0 2 0 - - - - -