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SAMI LEPISTÖ  Finland

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BIRTHYEAR 1984-10-17 BIRTHPLACEEspoo, FIN
AGE 31 NATION Finland
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 185 cm / 6'1" WEIGHT 88 kg / 194 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Jokerit CONTRACT 16/17
NHL DRAFT 2004 round 3 #66 overall by Washington Capitals
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HIGHLIGHTS
1-time World Championship Gold Medal 1
1-time U20 WJC Bronze Medal 1
1-time World Championship Bronze Medal 1
2-time Olympic Bronze Medal 2
1-time AHL Calder Cup Champion 1


Lepistö is an offensively skilled defenseman with good hockey sense. His major strength is the way he moves the puck. Furthermore, he is strong mentally, passes the puck well and has a decent release. Could use some work with his skating, the physical game and his defensive play.

Father: Jussi Lepistö

© Photo: Andrey Basevich

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1998-99 Jokerit U16 - - --- |            
 1999-00 Jokerit U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 14 3 91222 | Playoffs 7 1 3416  
 2000-01 Jokerit U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 12 1 101126 | Playoffs 2 0 002  
 2001-02 Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 20 8 142236 | Playoffs 8 4 81212  
  Jokerit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 14 0 552 |            
 2002-03 Jokerit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 36 5 141934 18 | Playoffs 11 1 568
 2003-04 Jokerit Liiga 53 3 4720 4 | Playoffs 8 0 114
  Suomi U20  Mestis 1 0 000 -2 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 4 4810 10 |            
 2004-05 Jokerit Liiga 55 7 182544 13 | Playoffs 12 1 7812
 2005-06 Jokerit Liiga 56 8 212968 8 |            
  Finland EHT 3 0 114 |            
 2006-07 Jokerit Liiga 26 1 91032 12 | Playoffs 10 2 244
  Finland EHT 5 0 116 2 |            
 2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 1112 -1 |            
  Hershey Bears AHL 55 4 414551 29 | Playoffs 5 0 114 -4 
  Finland WC 7 1 1210 2 |            
 2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 446 -3 |            
  Hershey Bears AHL 70 4 384280 24 |            
 2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 66 1 101160 14 | Playoffs 7 1 016 -1 
  Finland OG 6 0 116 -3 |            
 2010-11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 51 4 71137 7 |            
  Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 19 0 5518 3 |            
  Finland EHT 2 0 006 0 |            
  Finland WC 9 0 336 3 |            
 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 26 1 234 3 | Playoffs 3 0 000 -3 
 2012-13 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 26 0 3330 -2 |            
  HC Lev Praha KHL 11 0 5520 0 | Playoffs 3 0 002 -2 
  Finland EHT 6 0 000 3 |            
  Finland WC 10 0 442 3 |            
  Finland (all) International 21 0 556 9 |            
 2013-14 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg  KHL 53 6 192567 6 | Playoffs 4 1 126
  Finland OG 6 1 120 5 |            
  Finland EHT 6 0 4429 1 |            
  Finland (all) International 12 1 5629 6 |            
 2014-15 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL 60 7 162344 -2 | Playoffs 5 0 114
  Finland EHT 6 2 352 3 |            
  Finland  WC 8 0 224 1 |            
  Finland (all) International 18 2 796 6 |            
 2015-16 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 60 11 193033 12 | Playoffs 19 6 71316
  Finland  EHT 3 1 230 0 |            
  Finland (all) International 3 1 230 0 |            
 2016-17 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL - - --- |            
  Finland WCup - - --- |            


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 125 8 79 87 0.70 131  53  | 5 0 1 1 0.20 -4 
  EHT: 31 3 11 14 0.45 47  |    
  International: 54 4 19 23 0.43 41  21  |    
  Jr. A SM-liiga: 50 5 19 24 0.48 36  18  | 11 1 5 6 0.55
  Jr. B SM-sarja: 20 8 14 22 1.10 36  | 8 4 8 12 1.50 12   
  Jr. C SM-sarja: 26 4 19 23 0.88 48  | 9 1 3 4 0.44 18   
  KHL: 210 24 62 86 0.41 194  14  | 31 7 9 16 0.52 28 
  Liiga: 190 19 52 71 0.37 164  37  | 30 3 10 13 0.43 20 
  Mestis: 1 0 0 0 0.00 -2  |    
  NHL: 176 6 29 35 0.20 137  23  | 10 1 0 1 0.10 -4 
  OG: 12 1 2 3 0.25 |    
  WC: 34 1 10 11 0.32 22  |    
  WCup: 0 0 0 0 - |    
  WJC-20: 7 4 4 8 1.14 10  10  |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2002-2003 Jr. A SM-liiga Silver Medal
2003-2004 U20 WJC All-Star Team
  U20 WJC Best Defenseman
  U20 WJC Bronze Medal
  U20 WJC Most Goals by Defenseman (4)
  U20 WJC Most Points by Defenseman (8)
2004-2005 SM-liiga Playoffs Most Assists by Defenseman (7)
  SM-liiga Playoffs Most Points by Defenseman (8)
  SM-liiga Silver Medal
2006-2007 SM-liiga Silver Medal
2007-2008 World Championship Bronze Medal
2008-2009 AHL Calder Cup Champion
2009-2010 Olympic Bronze Medal
2010-2011 World Championship Gold Medal
2012-2013 World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2013-2014 Olympic Bronze Medal
2015-2016 KHL Defenseman of the Week (Oct. 18)
  KHL Defenseman of the Week (Gagarin Cup Semifinals)
  KHL Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman (6)
  KHL Playoffs Most Points by Defenseman (13)
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- AHL Calder Cup Champion 08/09
- Jr. A SM-liiga Silver Medal 02/03
- KHL Defenseman of the Week 15/16, 15/16
- KHL Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman 15/16
- KHL Playoffs Most Points by Defenseman 15/16
- Olympic Bronze Medal 09/10, 13/14
- SM-liiga Playoffs Most Assists by Defenseman 04/05
- SM-liiga Playoffs Most Points by Defenseman 04/05
- SM-liiga Silver Medal 04/05, 06/07
- U20 WJC All-Star Team 03/04
- U20 WJC Best Defenseman 03/04
- U20 WJC Bronze Medal 03/04
- U20 WJC Most Goals by Defenseman 03/04
- U20 WJC Most Points by Defenseman 03/04
- World Championship Bronze Medal 07/08
- World Championship Gold Medal 10/11
- World Championship Top 3 Player on Team 12/13



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2016-04-14 Extension Salavat Yulaev Ufa Salavat Yulaev Ufa 1 year 
2015-05-01 Confirmed Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Salavat Yulaev Ufa
2013-06-10 Confirmed HC Lev Praha Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
2013-01-13 Confirmed Lokomotiv Yaroslavl HC Lev Praha
2012-12-27 Confirmed Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Unknown
2012-06-04 Confirmed Chicago Blackhawks Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
2011-07-15 Confirmed Columbus Blue Jackets Chicago Blackhawks 1 year 
2011-02-28 Confirmed Arizona Coyotes Columbus Blue Jackets Traded 
2010-07-01 Extension Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 1 year 
2009-07-08 Extension Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 1 year 
2009-06-27 Confirmed Washington Capitals Arizona Coyotes Player rights 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for Jokerit
 
Career transactions
- 2011-02-28 • Traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets with Scottie Upshall for Rostislav Klesla
- 2010-06-05 • Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Phoenix Coyotes
- 2009-07-08 • Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Phoenix Coyotes
- 2009-06-27 • Traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for a 2010 5th round pick (Caleb Herbert)
- 2007-05-31 • Signed to a two-year entry-level contract by the Washington Capitals