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Joni Pitkanen

Joni Pitkanen  #25

Defenseman
NUMBER: 25 BIRTHDATE: September 19, 1983
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Oulu, Finland
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: PHI / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (4th overall)
NHL All-Rookie Team (2004) Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia with Geoff Sanderson and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Cameron Abney) in 2009 Entry Draft for Joffrey Lupul and Jason Smith, July 1, 2007. Traded to Carolina by Edmonton for Erik Cole, July 1, 2008. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to head injury at Calgary, December 6, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 and all of 2013-14 due to lower-body and heel injuries.
Quote of the Day

I don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.

— Capitals defenseman Mike Green on teammate Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal against the Devils on Saturday