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Aleksi Saarela
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Born 7 January 1997 (1997-01-07) (age 22)
Helsinki, Finland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Lukko
Ässät
Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Draft 89th overall, 2015
New York Rangers
Playing career 2013–present

Aleksi Saarela (born on January 7, 1997) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who is currently under contract as a prospect to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Saarela was originally selected 89th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.

Playing CareerEdit

Aleksi made his SM-liiga debut playing with Lukko during the 2012–13 SM-liiga season. On February 28, 2016, his rights (along with a 2016 second-round draft pick and a 2017 second-round draft pick,) were traded from the New York Rangers to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Eric Staal.

In the 2015–16 season, Aleksi led Porin Ässät with 20 goals and finished third in overal scoring with 33 points in 51 games. On April 20, 2016, he signed a one-year contract to return to his original club, Lukko, on a one-year contract.

Under two months later, on June 13, 2016, Aleksi was then signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. On January 3, 2018, he was recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes from the Charlotte Checkers prior to a game with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Aleksi made his NHL debut during game five of the Hurricanes' first round playoff series against the Washington Capitals.

On June 24, 2019, Aleksi was traded by the Hurricanes along with Calvin de Haan to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Gustav Forsling & Anton Forsberg.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Lukko Jr. A 22 8 10 18 6 10 2 6 8 2
2012–13 Lukko SM-l 3 1 1 2 0
2013–14 Lukko Jr. A 17 6 16 22 8
2013–14 Lukko Liiga 12 0 2 2 2
2014–15 Ässät Liiga 51 6 6 12 18 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Ässät Liiga 51 20 13 33 14
2016–17 Lukko Liiga 49 15 13 28 10
2016–17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 9 6 4 10 2 5 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Charlotte Checkers AHL 69 25 18 43 8 8 2 1 3 2
2018–19 Charlotte Checkers AHL 69 30 24 54 12 17 7 8 15 4
2018–19 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 1 0 0 0 0
Liiga totals 166 42 35 77 44 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 0
Medal record
Competitor for Template:FIN
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2016 Finland
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver 2015 Switzerland

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Finland U17 7th 5 2 2 4 2
2014 Finland WJC18 6th 2 1 0 1 0
2015 Finland WJC18 Template:Sica 7 3 5 8 6
2016 Finland WJC Template:Goca 7 4 3 7 4
Junior totals 21 10 10 20 12

AccoladesEdit

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