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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)
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 - Scored 12 goals, 10 of which came at Amalie Arena, tied for 3rd on the Lightning with 36 assists and tallied 48 points, sixth best on the Bolts - Posted 4 goals and 10 assists during the Lightning's Stanley Cup Playoffs run 2013-14 - Ranked 2nd on the Lightning for points (58) and second for power-play goals (6) - Set a career high with 25 goals Career - Won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and notched 5 goals and 11 points in 22 playoff games - Skated for Finland at the World Championships (2012), 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, 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.
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It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy.  Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.

— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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