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Finland Aleksi Saarela
#87 Lukko / Liiga - 20/21
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Last added: Ivana Maria Wey
Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A TP
1. Aaron Luchuk 72 28 46 74
2. Anthony Beauregard 62 22 49 71
3. John McCarron 66 31 37 68
4. Peter Quenneville 68 28 40 68
5. Les Lancaster 72 26 38 64
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
C/LW
Age
24
Height
5'10" / 179 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
201 lbs / 91 kg
Nation
Shoots
L
Youth Team
Contract
20/21
Agency
Highlights
1-time U20 WJC Gold Medal 1
1-time U18 WJC Silver Medal 1
1-time AHL Calder Cup Champion 1
1-time SM-liiga Champion 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

Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2010-11 Lukko U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 1 1 0 1 0 |
Lukko U16 U16 SM-sarja 1 1 1 2 0 |
2011-12 Lukko U16 “A” U16 SM-sarja Q 8 11 17 28 4 |
Lukko U16 U16 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” U18 SM-sarja 16 17 19 36 14 |
Lukko U20 U20 SM-liiga 22 8 10 18 6 -1 | Playoffs 10 2 6 8 2 6
Lukko SM-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 U20 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 U20 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 9 2 2 4 0 2 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0 0
Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 43 12 19 31 12 -2 |
2020-21 Lukko “A” Liiga 43 23 14 37 22 10 | Playoffs 11 4 4 8 4 4
Finland (all) International 3 1 0 1 2 -2 |
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 |
2020-21 Finland EHT 3 1 0 1 2 -2 |
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Game Log
Date Team Opp Score G A TP PIM +/- SOG PPG SHG TOI
Liiga
Tue 11/05 Lukko @ TPS
Mon 10/05 Lukko @ TPS
Sat 08/05 Lukko vs TPS
Fri 07/05 Lukko vs TPS
Mon 03/05 Lukko @ Tappara
Sun 02/05 Lukko @ Tappara
Fri 30/04 Lukko vs Tappara
Thu 29/04 Lukko vs Tappara
Thu 22/04 Lukko @ Ilves
Tue 20/04 Lukko vs Ilves
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Player Career Totals
League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 4 195 73 66 139 0.71 34 29 | 3 30 9 9 18 0.60 8 9
Champions HL 1 1 1 0 1 1.00 0 -1 | 0
EHT 2 5 1 0 1 0.20 2 -2 | 0
International 2 8 2 1 3 0.38 2 -1 | 0
International-Jr 5 39 11 15 26 0.67 14 19 | 0
Liiga 6 209 65 49 114 0.55 66 -6 | 2 13 4 4 8 0.62 4 4
NHL 2 9 2 2 4 0.44 0 2 | 2 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 0
U16 SM-sarja 2 29 34 40 74 2.55 26 - | 1 9 14 15 29 3.22 4 -
U16 SM-sarja Q 2 9 12 17 29 3.22 4 - | 0
U18 SM-sarja 1 16 17 19 36 2.25 14 - | 0
U20 SM-liiga (U20 SM-sarja) 3 41 14 28 42 1.02 14 -1 | 2 13 3 8 11 0.85 2 7
WHC-17 1 5 2 2 4 0.80 2 - | 0
WJC-18 2 9 4 5 9 1.00 6 4 | 0
WJC-20 1 7 4 3 7 1.00 4 2 | 0
Skill Rating

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Shooting Accuracy
16
Acceleration
16
Puckhandling
15
Teamwork
14

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Player Connections
Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
08/22/2020
08/22/2020 Confirmed Springfield Thunderbirds Lukko
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
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Player Biography and Trivia

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

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

Cult/Star player for Lukko


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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