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

#7 Aleksi Saarela

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   226 33 26 59 36   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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