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Valtteri Filppula
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Valtteri Filppula  #51

NUMBER: 51 BIRTHDATE: March 20, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 193 DRAFTED: DET / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (95th overall)
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in Game 5 vs. Chicago - Recorded his second assist of the series in Game 4 at Chicago - Collected an assist on Alex Killorn's game-deciding goal in Game 7 at New York - Tied his career-postseason high of three points (one goal, two assists) in Game 2 at Montreal First Round - 7 GP, 1G, 1A, 2 PTS, -5, 2 PIM Second Round - 6 GP, 1G, 3A, 4 PTS, -1, 2 PIM ECF - 7 GP, 1G, 4A, 5 PTS, +0, 0 PIM Stanley Cup - 5 GP, 1G, 2A, 3 PTS, +0, 0 PIM 2014-15 Regular Season - Led the Lightning for power-play assists with 15 - Ranked second on the Lightning among forwards for average TOI (19:01) - Led the team for face-off percentage (52.4%) and face-offs taken (1,185) - 10 of his 12 goals were scored at Amalie Arena CAREER PLAYOFF HIGHS: Goals: 2 (4/16/10 at ARI) Assists: 2 (8x, Last: 5/18/15 at NYR) Points: 3 (3x, Last: 5/3/15 at MTL) TOI: 30:09 (6/2/08 vs. PIT)
Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 21, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2013.
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He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.

— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft