Each weekday during leading up to Lightning training camp in mid-September, TampaBayLightning.com will take a look at a Bolts player before the 2014-15 NHL season...
Forward Valtteri Filppula
ACQUIRED Signed as a free agent on July 5, 2013
BORN Vantaa, Finland
EXPERIENCE NHL – 10th, Lightning – 2nd
Signed a five-year contract on July 5, 2013 and under contract with Lightning until 2018-19
2013-14 SEASON: Skated in 75 games with the Lightning, posting 25 goals and 58 points to go along with 20 penalty minutes…Ranked 2nd on the Lightning for points with 58 and second for power-play goals (6)…Owned the Lightning’s longest point streak during the season at 12 games from March 8-30 (5 goals, 11 assists)…Ranked 1st (tie-Purcell) on the Bolts for power-play assists with 6…Ranked 1st on the Lightning for face-off percentage (52.3%)…Set a new career-high for goals…Recorded his 300th career NHL point on March 17 vs. VAN…Named to Team Finland for the 2014 Winter Olympics but did not play due to injury…Skated in his 500th career NHL game on Nov. 11 at BOS…Made his Lightning debut on Oct. 3 at BOS…2014 Playoffs: Skated in all 4 Lightning postseason games, collecting 1 assist.
SEASON PREVIEW IN 50 WORDS OR LESS: Filppula became a fan favorite early after signing a five-year deal with the Bolts last offseason after scoring a career-high 25 goals last year with 20 of his 58 points coming on the power play.