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Valtteri Filppula

Valtteri Filppula  #51

NUMBER: 51 BIRTHDATE: March 20, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 196 DRAFTED: DET / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (95th overall)
2015-16 - Had a team-high 23:14 TOI and tallied six shots and an assist Nov. 28 vs. NYI - Had a season-high 15 faceoff wins and converted the game-winning shootout shot Nov. 25 vs. LAK - Tallied the game-winning goal and had an assist Nov. 19 vs. NYR - Has won 57.3% of his faceoffs - Recorded an assist Oct. 20 at NSH - Scored his first goal Oct. 12 at BOS to start season on a three-game point streak - Recorded an assist in each of the first two games 2014-15 - One of four Lightning players to skate in all 108 games (regular season and postseason) - Led the Bolts for power-play assists (15), face-off percentage (52.4) and face-offs taken (1,185) - Skated in his 600th career NHL game on January 6 at Montreal 2013-14 - Ranked 2nd on the Bolts for points (58) and power-play goals (6) - Set a career high with 25 goals Career - Won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 - Skated for Finland at the World Championships (2012), 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and World Junior Championships (2003)
Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 21, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2013.
Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
World Cup of Hockey 2016