|NUMBER:||15||BIRTHDATE:||February 16, 1983 (AGE 31)|
|HEIGHT:||6' 0"||BIRTHPLACE:||Vantaa, Finland|
|WEIGHT:||205||DRAFTED:||CHI / 2001 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Left||ROUND:||1st (9th overall)|
Is 9a shy of 200 in his NHL career…2013-14: Acquired from Car. Mar. 5; traded mid-season for second time in ten-season NHL career…Tallied 8g-16a-24pts in 76 games overall, including 3g-5a-8pts in 19 appearances with NJ…Totals included three 2pt games: 2a Mar. 11 at Phi., 1g-1a-2pts Mar. 8 vs. Car. and 2a Jan. 5 vs. Nsh…Recorded points in season-high four straight games Mar. 31-Apr. 5 (2g-2a-4pts); also had points in back-to-back games six times, most recently Mar. 8-11 (1g-3a-4pts)…Notched first goal in a Devils’ sweater with GWG Mar. 8; also posted GWG Nov. 24 vs. Ott…Made New Jersey debut Mar. 7 at Det.; appeared in his 600th career NHL game Feb. 7 vs. Fla…Made season debut Oct. 13 vs. Phx.; began campaign on I.R. and missed first 5 games with lower body injury…Won second Bronze Medal with Finland at Sochi Winter Olympics; posted 1g-4a-5pts in 6 games.
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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.