European Skater - LUKKO, FINLAND
Final Rank:24Midterm Rank:23
Height:6' 0"Weight:190
Born:June 27, 2001
Born in:Laitila, FIN
Drafted: 2019: CHI (4th Round / 123rd Overall) 

• Saarela split the 2018-19 season between Lukko of the Finnish Elite League (2-8—10 in 24 GP) and their junior team (7-8—15 in 21 GP).

• Internationally, Saarela skated for Team Finland at the 2019 Under-18 World Championship (1-2—3 in 5 GP), the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (2-2—4 in 5 GP).

• His brother, Aleksi Saarela, was selected 89th overall by the Rangers in the 2015 NHL Draft and is currently a member of the Hurricanes organization where he won the AHL’s Calder Cup championship with the Charlotte Checkers in 2018-19.

• His father, Pasi Saarela, played in the Finnish Elite League from 1990-91 to 2008-09, including two stints as captain of Lukko and back-to-back league championships with Jokerit in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

• Models his style of play after Maple Leafs forward John Tavares.


2018-2019LUKKO JR.FINLAND-JR.21781532
2018-2019FIN (2019 IIHF U18 World Championship)ITLTOUR51236
2018-2019FIN U18 (5 Nations Tournament in Kravare 2018)ITLTOUR42132
2018-2019FIN (2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup)NATOUR30002
2018-2019FIN U18 (5 Nations Tournament in Sochi 2019)ITLTOUR311227
2017-2018LUKKO JR.FINLAND-JR.2569156
2017-2018LUKKO U18FINLAND-JR. U1852464
2017-2018FINLAND (2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge)NATOUR52244
2017-2018FIN U17 (5-nations tournament in Jarvenpaa 2018)ITLTOUR41014
2017-2018FIN U17 (5 Nations Tournament in Basel 2018)ITLTOUR42132
2016-2017LUKKO U18FINLAND-JR. U18345152040