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ANSSI SALMELA  Finland

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BIRTHYEAR 1984-08-13 BIRTHPLACENokia, FIN
AGE 30 NATION Finland
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 182 cm / 6'0" WEIGHT 87 kg / 192 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Ilves CONTRACT 14/15


Salmela is a defenseman with a great shot and offensive ability. Skates well and likes to hit. Sometimes plays risky defensively and gives away the puck. Can play on the powerplay as well as the penalty kill.
- Ulf Andersson, EP

Brother: Topi Salmela

© Photo: Andrey Basevich

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1999-00 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 13 15 122738 | Playoffs 3 0 444  
 2000-01 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 32 7 31024 | Playoffs 2 0 114  
 2001-02 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 11 6 41012 | Playoffs 2 2 130  
  Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 26 3 4722 | Playoffs 2 2 130  
 2002-03 Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 23 5 91422 |            
 2003-04 Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 27 10 91922 15 | Playoffs 12 5 384 -1 
  Tappara Liiga 10 0 002 -1 | Playoffs 3 0 002
  Suomi U20  Mestis 5 2 240 0 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 1 236 0 |            
 2004-05 Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 10 2 466 | Playoffs 1 0 000  
  Tappara Liiga 48 1 5649 -7 | Playoffs 8 0 000 -3 
 2005-06 Tappara Liiga 8 0 110 2 |            
  Pelicans Liiga 48 8 81659 4 |            
 2006-07 Pelicans Liiga 56 11 122358 -13 | Playoffs 6 1 124
  Finland EHT 3 0 002 1 |            
 2007-08 Tappara Liiga 56 16 163240 5 | Playoffs 11 0 6614 -6 
  Finland EHT 6 0 2218 2 |            
  Finland WC 8 0 0037 3 |            
 2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 17 0 336 1 |            
  Lowell Devils AHL 38 8 162441 -6 |            
  Atlanta Thrashers NHL 9 1 232 0 |            
  Chicago Wolves AHL 2 0 000 -2 |            
  Finland WC 7 1 012 -1 |            
 2009-10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 29 1 4522 4 |            
  New Jersey Devils NHL 9 1 230 -5 |            
  Finland EHT 1 1 010 1 |            
 2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 1 6714 -11 |            
  Albany Devils AHL 2 0 000 -3 |            
  Finland EHT 2 1 010 -1 |            
  Finland WC 9 1 234 5 |            
 2011-12 Avangard Omsk KHL 22 6 41014 5 | Playoffs 21 1 3416
  Finland WC 7 0 2225 0 |            
 2012-13 Avangard Omsk KHL 37 2 121437 3 | Playoffs 11 0 110
 2013-14 MODO SHL 8 2 4620 4 |            
  HV71 SHL 36 7 142164 7 | Playoffs 5 1 122 -1 
  Finland EHT 3 0 112 0 |            
  Finland (all) International 3 0 112 0 |            
 2014-15 Färjestad SHL 42 6 172328 4 | Playoffs 3 1 234
  Finland EHT 7 1 1220 0 |            
  Finland WC 8 0 224 5 |            
  Finland (all) International 19 1 4524 5 |            



CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 42 8 16 24 0.57 41  -11  |    
  EHT: 22 3 4 7 0.32 42  |    
  International: 22 1 5 6 0.27 26  |    
  Jr. A SM-liiga: 86 20 26 46 0.53 72  15  | 15 7 4 11 0.73 -1 
  Jr. B SM-sarja: 43 13 7 20 0.47 36  | 4 2 2 4 1.00  
  Jr. C SM-sarja: 13 15 12 27 2.08 38  | 3 0 4 4 1.33  
  KHL: 59 8 16 24 0.41 51  | 32 1 4 5 0.16 16  11 
  Liiga: 226 36 42 78 0.35 208  -10  | 28 1 7 8 0.29 20  -6 
  Mestis: 5 2 2 4 0.80 |    
  NHL: 112 4 17 21 0.19 44  -11  |    
  SHL: 86 15 35 50 0.58 112  15  | 8 2 3 5 0.63 -1 
  WC: 39 2 6 8 0.21 72  12  |    
  WJC-20: 7 1 2 3 0.43 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2003-2004 Jr. A SM-liiga Champion
  U20 WJC Bronze Medal
2007-2008 SM-liiga Bronze Medal
  SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) (16)
  World Championship Bronze Medal
2010-2011 World Championship Gold Medal
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- Jr. A SM-liiga Champion 03/04
- SM-liiga Bronze Medal 07/08
- SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) 07/08
- U20 WJC Bronze Medal 03/04
- World Championship Bronze Medal 07/08
- World Championship Gold Medal 10/11



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
10/18/2014 Confirmed HV71 Färjestad
10/20/2013 Confirmed MODO HV71
09/27/2013 Confirmed Donbass Donetsk MODO 3 weeks 
09/04/2013 Confirmed Donbass Donetsk Unknown Fired 
05/01/2013 Confirmed Avangard Omsk Donbass Donetsk
07/15/2011 Confirmed New Jersey Devils Avangard Omsk
12/14/2010 Up/Down Albany Devils New Jersey Devils Recalled 
12/09/2010 Up/Down New Jersey Devils Albany Devils Conditioning, after injury 
02/04/2010 Confirmed Atlanta Thrashers New Jersey Devils Traded 
05/26/2009 Extension Atlanta Thrashers Atlanta Thrashers 2 years 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
Cult/Star player for Lowell Devils
 
Career transactions
- 2010-02-04 • Traded to New Jersey Devils with Ilya Kovalchuk & a 2010 2nd round pick for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier, a 2010 1st round pick & a 2010 2nd round pick
- 2009-03-02 • Traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Niclas Hävelid & Myles Stoesz
- 2009-06-04 • Re-signed to a two-year contract by the Atlanta Thrashers
- 2008-05-30 • Signed to a one-year contract by the New Jersey Devils