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Finland ALEKSI SAARELA  Signed - click for Team Depth Chart
Last team: Charlotte Checkers - 2018

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BIRTHYEAR 1997-01-07 BIRTHPLACEHelsinki, FIN
AGE 20 NATION Finland
POSITION C/LW SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 180 cm / 5'11" WEIGHT 90 kg / 198 lbs
YOUTH TEAM LaJy CONTRACT 19/20
NHL DRAFT 2015 round 3 #89 overall by New York Rangers
CAP HIT $753,333 powered by
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time U20 WJC Gold Medal 1
1-time U18 WJC Silver Medal 1

A dangerous offensive forward that creates energy through scoring chances. Possesses good hockey sense as well as good hands and stickhandling ability. A smooth and speedy skater who has a lot of jump in his step. Not very large in stature; however, his diminutive size doesn't deter his scoring prowess, and that is what he will have to rely upon to be successful. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014)

Brother: Antti Saarela
Father: Pasi Saarela
Uncle: Ilkka Saarela

© Photo: Timo Savela

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2010-11 Lukko U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 1 010 |            
  Lukko U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 1 1 120 |            
 2011-12 Lukko U16  Jr. C SM-sarja Q 8 11 17284 |            
  Lukko U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 28 33 397226 | Playoffs 9 14 15294  
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr - - --- |            
 2012-13 Lukko U18  Jr. B SM-sarja 16 17 193614 |            
  Lukko U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 22 8 10186 -1 | Playoffs 10 2 682
  Lukko Liiga 3 1 120 -2 |            
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 2 242 |            
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 4 1 122 7 |            
 2013-14 Lukko U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 17 6 16228 0 |            
  Lukko Liiga 12 0 222 -4 |            
  Finland U18 WJC-18 2 1 010 -2 |            
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 2 1 010 -2 |            
 2014-15 Ässät Liiga 51 6 61218 -7 | Playoffs 2 0 000
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 3 586 6 |            
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 8 3 696 6 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 7 0 002 |            
 2015-16 Ässät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 2 0 220 0 | Playoffs 3 1 230
  Ässät Liiga 51 20 133314 4 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 4 374 2 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 5 7122 8 |            
  Finland EHT 2 0 000 0 |            
  Finland (all) International 5 1 120 1 |            
 2016-17 Lukko  Liiga 49 15 132810 -7 |            
  Charlotte Checkers AHL 9 6 4102 7 | Playoffs 5 0 002 -2 
 2017-18 Charlotte Checkers AHL 24 8 5132 -1 |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2016-17 Lukko Champions HL 1 1 010 -1 |            
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CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
      Postseason
  AHL: 33 14 9 23 0.70 | 5 0 0 0 0.00 -2 
  Champions HL: 1 1 0 1 1.00 -1  |    
  EHT: 2 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  International: 5 1 1 2 0.40 |    
  International-Jr: 36 10 14 24 0.67 12  19  |    
  Jr. A SM-liiga: 41 14 28 42 1.02 14  -1  | 13 3 8 11 0.85
  Jr. B SM-sarja: 16 17 19 36 2.25 14  |    
  Jr. C SM-sarja: 29 34 40 74 2.55 26  | 9 14 15 29 3.22
  Jr. C SM-sarja Q: 9 12 17 29 3.22 |    
  Liiga: 166 42 35 77 0.46 44  -16  | 2 0 0 0 0.00
  WHC-17: 5 2 2 4 0.80 |    
  WJC-18: 9 4 5 9 1.00 |    
  WJC-20: 7 4 3 7 1.00 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2010-2011 U16 Pohjola Camp Roster (Lukko)
2011-2012 Jr. C SM-sarja All-Star Team
  Jr. C SM-sarja Best Forward ''Sami Kapanen Award''
  Jr. C SM-sarja Best Player (Teppo Numminen Award)
  Jr. C SM-sarja Bronze Medal
  Jr. C SM-sarja Most Goals (Keijo Kuusela Award) (33)
  Jr. C SM-sarja Most Points (Reijo Leppänen Award) (72)
  Jr. C SM-sarja Playoffs Most Assists (15)
  Jr. C SM-sarja Playoffs Most Goals (14)
  Jr. C SM-sarja Playoffs Most Points (29)
  U16 Huippu-Pohjola Camp Roster (Lukko)
  U16 Pohjola Camp All-Star Team
  U16 Pohjola Camp MVP
2012-2013 Jr. A SM-liiga Bronze Medal
2014-2015 U18 WJC Silver Medal
2015-2016 U20 WJC Gold Medal
2016-2017 AHL Player of the Week (Apr. 2)
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- AHL Player of the Week 16/17
- Jr. A SM-liiga Bronze Medal 12/13
- Jr. C SM-sarja All-Star Team 11/12
- Jr. C SM-sarja Best Forward ''Sami Kapanen Award'' 11/12
- Jr. C SM-sarja Best Player (Teppo Numminen Award) 11/12
- Jr. C SM-sarja Bronze Medal 11/12
- Jr. C SM-sarja Most Goals (Keijo Kuusela Award) 11/12
- Jr. C SM-sarja Most Points (Reijo Leppänen Award) 11/12
- Jr. C SM-sarja Playoffs Most Assists 11/12
- Jr. C SM-sarja Playoffs Most Goals 11/12
- Jr. C SM-sarja Playoffs Most Points 11/12
- U16 Huippu-Pohjola Camp Roster 11/12
- U16 Pohjola Camp All-Star Team 11/12
- U16 Pohjola Camp MVP 11/12
- U16 Pohjola Camp Roster 10/11
- U18 WJC Silver Medal 14/15
- U20 WJC Gold Medal 15/16



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2017-09-28 Up/Down Carolina Hurricanes Charlotte Checkers Reassigned 
2016-06-13 Confirmed Lukko Carolina Hurricanes Entry Level 
2016-04-20 Confirmed Ässät Lukko
2016-02-28 Confirmed New York Rangers Carolina Hurricanes Player rights 
2014-10-16 Extension Ässät Ässät 1 year 
2014-04-29 Confirmed Lukko Ässät
2013-05-04 Extension Lukko Lukko 1 year 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 2014, round 1 #41 overall by Jokerit in the KHL Draft
 
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #155 by Hockeyprospect.com
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #103 by ISS Hockey
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #137 by Future Considerations
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #31 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)
 
 

Career transactions
- 2014-10-16 • Signed to a one-year contract extension with Ässät
- 2014-04-29 • Signed to a one-year contract with Ässät
- 2013-05-04 • Signed to a one-year contract extension with Lukko
- 2012-2013 • Contracted to Lukko

Career assingments
- 2013-2014 • Assigned to Lukko U20

Other memorable dates
- 2016-01-05 • Won World Junior Championship gold medal
- 2015-12-23 • Selected to U20 World Junior Championship roster
- 2015-04-16 • Selected to U18 World Junior Championship roster
- 2014-04-16 • Selected to U18 World Junior Championship roster
- 2013-02-19 • Made Liiga debut against Tappara and scored first Liiga goal and assist at the same game. (At the age 16y 01m 12d, he became second youngest goal scorer ever in Liiga)
- 2012-12-10 • Selected to U17 World Hockey Challenge roster