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Vili Saarijarvi
#9

Position: D
Date of Birth: 05/15/1997
Height: 5' 10"   Weight: 178 lbs
Shoots: R
Birthplace: Rovaniemi, Finland
Drafted: Detroit's 2nd choice (73rd overall) in 2015 NHL Entry Draft
Last Amateur Team: 2015-16 Flint (OHL)

Biography:

 



 

First season as a Griffin…First year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 7/3/15…Reassigned from Flint (OHL) to Grand Rapids by Detroit, 3/24/16…Reassigned to Toledo (ECHL) by Detroit, 3/28/16…Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 4/11/16…Reassigned from Mississauga (OHL) to Grand Rapids by Detroit, 5/17/17...Assigned by Detroit, 10/1/17...Reassigned to  Toledo by Detroit, 10/10/17...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 10/22/17.  

Career Highlights: Represented Finland at the 2017 and 2016 World Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in 2016…Won a silver medal with Finland at the 2015 U18 World Junior Championship…Named to the 2014-15 USHL All-Rookie Second Team…Debuted professional with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

2016-17: Appeared in 34 games with OHL Mississauga, tallying 31 points (11-20—31), a plus-20 rating and 14 PIM…Began the season on injured reserve…151 shots placed second on the Steelheads…Ranked among the team’s leaders with a plus-20 rating (7th), 11 power play assists (T2nd) and 13 power play points (T4th)…Led all team defensemen and placed fifth overall on Mississauga with 15 points (5-10—15) in 20 playoff appearances…Among league defensemen, ranked among the playoff leaders in points (2nd), goals (T2nd), assists (4th) and shots on goal (76, 2nd)…Totaled 10 multi-point outings in 34 games…Made his season debut, 11/25/16 vs. SSM…Accumulated 12 points (5-7—12) during a season-high seven-game point streak, 11/29/16-12/10/16…Scored four points (2-2—4) in six games while representing Finland at the World Junior Championship. 2015-16: Skated in 59 games with Flint during his first OHL season and totaled 43 points (12-31—43) and 32 PIM…Made his professional debut with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye after the OHL campaign concluded and scored four points (1-3—4) in five games…Scored four points (0-4—4) in seven games at the World Junior Championship and helped Finland win the gold medal…Ranked among the OHL’s top defensemen with 43 points (T9th), 12 goals (T7th), 219 shots (2nd) and eight power play goals (T1st)…Recorded a season-high five-game point streak twice, 10/4/15-10/16/15 and 1/24/16-2/5/16…Notched three assists in his pro debut with Toledo, 4/1/16 vs. MAN…His first pro goal came on the power play, 4/8/16 vs. KAL. 2014-15: In his first season in North America, played in 57 games with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers and notched 23 points (6-17—23) and 14 PIM…Named to the USHL All-Rookie Second Team after ranking fifth among league blueliners in points, second in shots (109), eighth in assists and tied for second in goals…Represented Finland at the U18 World Junior Championship and helped the Finns win the silver medal after posting nine points (3-6—9) in seven games…Led all defensemen at the World Junior Championship in points, goals and assists…Made his USHL season debut, 9/27/14 vs. CHI…Scored a season-high two points on three occasions. 2013-14: Split his last season in Finland between Karpat’s U18 and junior team…Logged 10 points (3-7—10) in eight games with the U18 team and 28 points (7-21—28) in 40 games with the junior squad…Added one goal and six PIM in 12 postseason games with the junior team. 2012-13: Saw action with three of Karpat’s clubs…Scored 11 points (4-7—11) in 10 regular season games with the U16 team before adding 14 points (5-9—14) in nine postseason appearances…Tallied 30 points (5-25—30) in 38 contests with the U18 team while supplying one point (0-1—1) in three playoff games…Skated in three games with the junior team and scored one point and appeared in two playoff games.


Personal:
Lives in Rovaniemi, Finland…Has three siblings…Greatest hockey memory is winning the 2016 World Junior Championship in Finland…Started playing hockey as a forward at the age of four…Hockey idol as a youth was Teemu Selanne…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his parents…Proudest achievement is being drafted by Detroit…Most exciting places he’s ever visited is The Bahamas…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a firefighter or police officer…Also speaks Finnish…Played soccer growing up…Favorite foods are steak, reindeer and salmon…Favorite music artist is JVG, rapper in Finland…Favorite movie is American Sniper…Favorite website is Twitter…Favorite place to vacation is The Bahamas…Favorite pro team is FC Barcelona…Favorite sport to watch other than hockey is soccer…Enjoys music, golf and pets.

 
 
 
AHL CAREER HIGHS
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Career Stats

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2008-09 College Esther-Blondin QMAAA 42 2 9 11 49 14 1 3 4 24
2010-11 RoKi Fin-U16 3 1 1 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011-12 RoKi Fin-U16 33 8 16 24 51 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Karpat Fin-U16 10 4 7 11 8 9 5 9 14 10
  Karpat Oulu U18 Fin-U18 38 5 25 30 24 3 0 1 1 2
  Karpat Oulu Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 4
2013-14 Karpat Oulu U18 Fin-U18 8 3 7 10 2 -- -- -- -- --
  Karpat Oulu Jr. Fin-Jr. 40 7 21 28 10 12 1 0 1 6
2014-15 Green Bay USHL 57 6 17 23 14 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 Flint OHL 59 12 31 43 32 -- -- -- -- --
  Toledo ECHL 5 1 3 4 0 -- -- -- -- --
2016-17 Mississauga OHL 34 11 20 31 14 20 5 10 15 8
   PRO TOTALS   5 1 3 4 0 -- -- -- -- --

 

Goalies

# Name POS
30 Tom McCollum G
31 Jared Coreau G

Defensemen

# Name POS
2 Joe Hicketts D
5 Robbie Russo D
9 Vili Saarijarvi D
13 Filip Hronek D
18 Brian Lashoff D
20 Dan Renouf D
52 Dylan McIlrath D

Forwards

# Name POS
10 Ben Street C
15 Turner Elson LW
19 Luke Esposito LW
23 Dominic Turgeon C
25 Axel Holmstrom C
26 Eric Tangradi LW
28 Matt Lorito LW
29 Dylan Sadowy RW
39 Tyler Bertuzzi LW
45 Colin Campbell RW
47 Corey Elkins C
55 Matthew Ford RW
65 Dominik Shine RW
73 Matt Puempel LW
77 Evgeny Svechnikov RW