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Petteri Nokelainen

Petteri Nokelainen  #15

Center
NUMBER: 15 BIRTHDATE: January 16, 1986
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Imatra, Finland
WEIGHT: 201 DRAFTED: NYI / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (16th overall)

2011-12: Won 7 of his 11 face-offs (64%) on Oct. 27 at BOS… Won 18 of his 29 face-offs (62.1%) with the Canadiens in Oct… Played his 200th NHL career game on Nov. 5 at NYR… Scored his 1st goal with the Canadiens on Nov. 25 at PHI… Won 5 of his 7 face-offs (71%) on Nov. 26 vs. PIT… Was the most penalized player on the team in Nov. (20 minutes)… Posted 2 points (1-1-2), including the winning-goal, with a +1 differential, while earning the 1st star of the game, on Dec. 13 vs. NYI… Won 6 of his 8 face-offs (75%) on Dec. 19 at BOS… Returned to action on Feb. 24 at WSH, after missing 14 games due to an upper body injury suffered on Jan. 20 at PIT… Produced 1 assist and a +1 differential on March 14 vs. OTT… Obtained 1 assist and a +1 differential on March 17 vs. NYI… Scored 1 goal and maintained a +1 differential on March 23 vs. OTT… Suffered an upper body injury on March 31 at WSH…

Missed majority of 2005-06 due to knee injury vs. Pittsburgh, November 3, 2005. Traded to Boston by NY Islanders for Ben Walter and Boston's 2nd round choice (later traded to Columbus Columbus selected Kevin Lynch) in 2009 Entry Draft, September 11, 2007. Traded to Anaheim by Boston for Steve Montador, March 4, 2009. Traded to Phoenix by Anaheim for Phoenix's 6th round choice (later traded to Ottawa Ottawa selected Max McCormick) in 2011 Entry Draft, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), August 28, 2010. Traded to Montreal by Phoenix with Garrett Stafford for Brock Trotter and Montreal's 7th round choice (Marek Langhamer) in 2012 Entry Draft, October 23, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring back injury and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Gavle (Sweden), August 16, 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