C 5'11" 198
Born: January 7, 1997
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Shoots: Left
Drafted: NYR 2015 (3rd, 89th)
Aleski Saarela

Aleksi Saarela - #7

Position Center
Height 5'11"
Weight 198
Shoots Left
Born January 7, 1997
Birthplace Helsinki, Finland
Drafted NYR 2015 (3rd, 89th)

Career Statistics

        Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League   GP G A PTS PIM   GP G A PTS PIM
2012-13 Lukko Rauma SM-Liiga   3 1 1 2 0   - - - - -
2013-14 Lukko Rauma SM-Liiga   12 0 2 2 2   - - - - -
2014-15 Assat Pori SM-Liiga   51 6 6 12 18   2 0 1 1 0
2015-16 Assat Pori SM-Liiga   51 20 13 33 14   - - - - -
2016-17 Lukko Rauma SM-Liiga   49 15 13 28 10   - - - - -
  Charlotte AHL   9 6 4 10 2   5 0 0 0 2
   
AHL TOTALS   9 6 4 10 2   5 0 0 0 2
NHL TOTALS   - - - - -   - - - - -
PRO TOTALS   175 48 39 87 46   7 0 1 1 2

Biography

Traded from New York Rangers to Carolina on Feb. 28, 2016, in exchange for Eric Staal

2016-17

Spent the majority of the season with Lukko Rauma in Finland's SM-Liiga, leading the team with 15 goals and ranking fourth with 28 points ... Joined the Checkers on 3/27 following the conclusion of Lukko Rauma's season ... Scored a goal in his North American debut at CLE (3/28) … Had two assists and was plus-2 in his second game of the season at CLE (3/30) … Scored two goals and was plus-3 in his third game with the Checkers at GR (3/31) … Named AHL Player of the Week for the period ending 4/2, his first week in the league, after posting six points (4g, 2a) and a plus-5 rating in four games … Extended his goal streak to three games with the game winner in the third period vs. SA (4/4), giving him seven points (5g, 2a) over a five-game point streak to start his North American career … Recorded a season-high three points (1g, 2a) vs. TEX (4/8).

2015-16

Set career highs in goals, assists and points … Led Assat Pori and tied for fourth in the league in goals

2014-15

Completed his first full season in Finland’s top league … Ranked 10th on the team in goals as a 17-year-old … Made his postseason debut and recorded one assist in two games

2013-14

Split his season between Lukko’s junior team and the top club … Ranked seventh on the junior team in scoring despite only playing 17 games

2012-13

Made his SM-Liiga debut at 15 years old

International

Ranked fourth on the team in goals and helped lead Finland to a gold medal at the 2016 World Junior Championships alongside current Hurricane Sebastian Aho … Ranked third on the team in scoring and helped lead Finland to a silver medal at the 2015 U-18 World Juniors
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