Made his NHL debut on 12/10 vs. BOS and took one shot in 11:15 of ice time, his first of two appearances with Washington … Played in 75 games for Hershey (AHL) and recorded 37 points (23g-14a) … His 23 goals paced all rookies in Hershey and tied for seventh in the league for rookies … Scored the first goal of the game eight times, had three PPGs and two GWGs … Took three or more shots 24 times during the season … Had three multiple-goal games, including a hat trick vs. Philadelphia (11/15) when he had a season-high eight shots on goal … Tallied a season-high five straight games with at least a point from 11/15—11/26 (5g-3a) … Added six goals and four assists in the AHL playoffs, appearing in 22 games as Hershey won the
Calder Cup… Recorded two goals in Game 1 of the Calder Cup finals at Manitoba.
Skated in 53 games as a rookie for the Espoo Blues (Finland), registering 35 points (18g-17a) … Named the league’s Rookie of the Year … Finished second on the team in goals, fifth in assists and points, and tied for third in PIM (62) … Recorded seven goals and 10 points in 17 playoff games as the team reached the league finals.
2006-07: Played in 54 games for Mississauga (OHL), earning 44 points (22g-22a) … Ranked seventh on the team in goals and ninth in points … Earned four points (2g-2a) in five playoff games.
2005-06: Recorded 43 points (17g-26a) in 68 games for Mississauga … Captured the team’s Rookie of the Year award … Named second-team All-Rookie in the OHL.
Played for Finland at the 2007 World Junior Championship … Notched five goals in six games … Named one of the top three players for Finland … Shared the tournament lead in goals … Played at the 2005 World Junior U18 Championship
Selected by Washington in the fourth round, 97th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Admires fellow Finns Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne and Jari Kurri … Also looks up to Erik Cole of the Edmonton Oilers.