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Valtteri Filppula
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Valtteri Filppula  #51

NUMBER: 51 BIRTHDATE: March 20, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: DET / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (95th overall)

2014 Playoffs
- Led all Lightning forwards with 20:41 TOI in Game 3
- Recorded a power-play assist in Game 2
- Went 18-for-27 (67%) in the faceoff circle in Game 1 versus Montreal

2013-14 Regular Season
- Missed the final two games of the regular season with a lower body injury
- Recorded a career-best 12-game point streak from Mar. 8-30 posting five goals and 11 assists during that span
- Set a new career-high for goals in a season with 25
- Ranked second on the Lightning for points (58) and second for power-play goals (six)
- Has skated in 105 career playoff games, all with Detroit, posting 19 goals and 57 points
- Has never missed the playoffs in his NHL career

Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 21, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2013.
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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.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres