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Aleksi Saarela

  • Position
    C/LW
  • Height
    5'10" / 178 cm
  • Weight
    201 lbs / 91 kg
  • Shoots
    L
  • Contract
    19/20

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

Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2010-11 Lukko U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 1 0 1 0 |
Lukko U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 1 1 1 2 0 |
2011-12 Lukko U16 “A” Jr. C SM-sarja Q 8 11 17 28 4 |
Lukko U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 28 33 39 72 26 | Playoffs 9 14 15 29 4
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 3 1 1 2 2 |
2012-13 Lukko U18 “A” Jr. B SM-sarja 16 17 19 36 14 |
Lukko U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 22 8 10 18 6 -1 | Playoffs 10 2 6 8 2 6
Lukko Liiga 3 1 1 2 0 -2 |
Finland U17 WHC-17 5 2 2 4 2 |
Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 4 1 1 2 2 7 |
2013-14 Lukko U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 17 6 16 22 8 0 |
Lukko Liiga 12 0 2 2 2 -4 |
Finland U18 WJC-18 2 1 0 1 0 -2 |
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 2 1 0 1 0 -2 |
2014-15 Ässät Liiga 51 6 6 12 18 -7 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 0 0
Finland U18 WJC-18 7 3 5 8 6 6 |
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 8 3 6 9 6 6 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 7 0 0 0 2 |
2015-16 Ässät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 2 0 2 2 0 0 | Playoffs 3 1 2 3 0 1
Ässät Liiga 51 20 13 33 14 4 |
Finland U20 WJC-20 7 4 3 7 4 2 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 5 7 12 2 8 |
Finland (all) International 5 1 1 2 0 1 |
2016-17 Lukko Liiga 49 15 13 28 10 -7 |
Charlotte Checkers AHL 9 6 4 10 2 7 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0 2 -2
2017-18 Charlotte Checkers AHL 69 25 18 43 8 4 | Playoffs 8 2 1 3 2 1
2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0 0
Charlotte Checkers AHL 69 30 24 54 12 18 | Playoffs 17 7 8 15 4 10
2019-20 Rockford IceHogs AHL 5 0 1 1 0 2 |
Florida Panthers NHL 6 2 0 2 0 2 |
Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 43 12 19 31 12 -2 |
2019-20 AHL/ECHL/USHL/WHL/OHL/QMJHL stats powered by HockeyTech
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2015-16 Finland EHT 2 0 0 0 0 0 |
2016-17 Lukko Champions HL 1 1 0 1 0 -1 |
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Game Log
Date Team Opp Score G A TP PIM +/- SOG PPG SHG TOI
NHL
Sat 22/02 Florida Panthers @ Vegas Golden Knights
Thu 20/02 Florida Panthers @ Los Angeles Kings
Wed 19/02 Florida Panthers @ Anaheim Ducks
AHL
Sun 16/02 Springfield Thunderbirds @ Charlotte Checkers
Sat 15/02 Springfield Thunderbirds @ Charlotte Checkers
Sat 08/02 Springfield Thunderbirds @ Hershey Bears
Fri 07/02 Springfield Thunderbirds @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Wed 05/02 Springfield Thunderbirds @ Hartford Wolf Pack
Sat 01/02 Springfield Thunderbirds vs Hartford Wolf Pack
Fri 31/01 Springfield Thunderbirds @ Hartford Wolf Pack
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 195 73 66 139 0.71 34 29 | 30 9 9 18 0.60 8 9
Champions HL 1 1 0 1 1.00 0 -1 |
EHT 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 |
International 5 1 1 2 0.40 0 1 |
International-Jr 39 11 15 26 0.67 14 19 |
Jr. A SM-liiga 41 14 28 42 1.02 14 -1 | 13 3 8 11 0.85 2 7
Jr. B SM-sarja 16 17 19 36 2.25 14 0 |
Jr. C SM-sarja 29 34 40 74 2.55 26 0 | 9 14 15 29 3.22 4 0
Jr. C SM-sarja Q 9 12 17 29 3.22 4 0 |
Liiga 166 42 35 77 0.46 44 -16 | 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 0
NHL 6 2 0 2 0.33 0 2 | 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0
WHC-17 5 2 2 4 0.80 2 0 |
WJC-18 9 4 5 9 1.00 6 4 |
WJC-20 7 4 3 7 1.00 4 2 |
Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
02/18/2020
02/18/2020 Up/Down Springfield Thunderbirds Florida Panthers
12/11/2019
12/11/2019 Up/Down Florida Panthers Springfield Thunderbirds
12/06/2019
12/06/2019 Up/Down Springfield Thunderbirds Florida Panthers
10/24/2019
10/24/2019 Up/Down Florida Panthers Springfield Thunderbirds
10/23/2019
10/23/2019 Confirmed Chicago Blackhawks Florida Panthers
06/24/2019
06/24/2019 Confirmed Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks
06/13/2016
06/13/2016 Confirmed Lukko Carolina Hurricanes
04/20/2016
04/20/2016 Confirmed Ässät Lukko
02/28/2016
02/28/2016 Confirmed New York Rangers Carolina Hurricanes
10/16/2014
10/16/2014 Extension Ässät Ässät
04/29/2014
04/29/2014 Confirmed Lukko Ässät
05/04/2013
05/04/2013 Extension Lukko Lukko
Player Biography and Trivia

Drafted 2014, 1 #41 overall by Jokerit in the KHL Draft

2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #155 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM

2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #137 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS

2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #103 by ISS HOCKEY

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

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