9 Vili Saarijarvi
Second season as a Griffin…Second 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 by Detroit to Toledo, 10/10/17…Reassigned by Detroit from Toledo, 10/22/17…Reassigned by Detroit to Toledo, 11/20/17…Reassigned by Detroit from Toledo, 12/6/17.
Career Highlights: Appeared in games with both the Griffins and ECHL’s Toledo Walleye during his first professional campaign in 2017-18…Represented Finland at the 2017 and 2016 World Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in 2016…Debuted professionally with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye at the end of the 2015-16 season…Won a silver medal with Finland at the 2015 U18 World Junior Championship…Named to the 2014-15 USHL All-Rookie Second Team.
2017-18: Appeared in games with the Griffins and ECHL’s Toledo Walleye during his first professional season…Tallied 11 points (0-11—11) and 10 PIM in 42 games with the Griffins and six points (2-4—6), a plus-two rating and two PIM in 10 appearances with the Walleye…Picked up his first AHL point on an assist during his AHL debut, 10/28/17 at RFD…Recorded a season-high three-game assist streak, 12/13/17-12/16/17…Logged a multi-goal game with the Walleye, 11/24/17 vs. WOR, as part of a three-game point streak, 11/23/17-11/26/17…Made his Calder Cup Playoff debut, 4/26/18 vs. MB.
2016-17: Appeared in 34 games with the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads, 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)…Totaled 10 multi-point outings in 34 games…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)…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 totaled 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.
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 at the age of three…First position was as a forward…Hockey idol as a youth was Teemu Selanne…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his family because they have always been supporting him…After his playing career, plans to do something with hockey or be a policeman or firefighter…Proudest achievement was being drafted by Detroit…Most exciting places he’s visited are the Bahamas and Las Vegas…Two interesting things about him are he brings positive energy and he is the best soccer player on the team…Also speaks Finnish…Also played soccer growing up…Favorite quote is “get comfortable being uncomfortable”…Favorite food is steak…Favorite website is Instagram…Enjoys vacationing in Spain…Favorite sport to watch is golf…Enjoys music, golf and Twitter.
|Karpat Oulu U18||Finland U18||38||5||25||30||24||3||0||1||1||2|
|Karpat Oulu Jr.||Finland Jr.||3||0||1||1||0||2||0||0||0||4|
|2013-14||Karpat Oulu U18||Finland U18||8||3||7||10||2||-||-||-||-||-|
|Karpat Oulu Jr.||Finland Jr.||40||7||21||28||10||12||1||0||1||6|
- Games Played 42, 2017-18
- Goals N/A
- Assists 11, 2017-18
- Points 11, 2017-18
- PIM 10, 2017-18
- Goal Streak N/A
- Assist Streak 3, 12/13/17-12/16/17
- Point Streak 3, 12/13/17-12/16/17
- Goals, Game N/A
- Assists, Game 1, 11 times (MR: 3/30/18 GR vs. SJ)
- Points, Game 1, 11 times (MR: 3/30/18 GR vs. SJ)
- PIM, Game 2, five times (MR: 4/12/18 GR at SA)
- AHL Game 10/28/17 GR at RFD
- AHL Point 10/28/17 GR at RFD (assist)
- AHL Goal N/A
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