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Ilkka Pikkarainen

Ilkka Pikkarainen  #17

Right Wing
NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: April 19, 1981
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Sonkajärvi, Finland
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: NJD / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 7th   (218th overall)
Has seen action in 31 games overall, including season/career-high 10 straight Nov. 28-Dec. 18...Posted last point with 1a Dec. 26 at Wsh.;  recorded 1st career NHL goal Dec. 16 vs. Mtl...Returned to NHL Devils' lineup Nov. 28 vs. NYI;  was recalled from Lowell (AHL) that day...Saw action in 1 AHL contest;  was activated off I.R./assigned to Lowell for conditioning Nov. 25...Missed 3 games Nov. 16-21 (ill);  Nov. 12 contest at Pit. marked previous appearance...Notched 1st NHL point with 1a Nov. 6 vs. NYI;  made NHL debut Oct. 5 vs. NYR after missing Oct. 3 contest (ill)...Spent entire 2008-09 season with HIFK Helsinki (Fin.) for 3rd straight year/5th full season overall;  saw action in 54 of 58 games…Led club with pro career-high 24g and 149 PIM;  was 3rd with 37pts.
Quote of the Day

This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.

— Islanders captain John Tavares