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Devils sign defenseman Anssi Salmela

Friday, 05.30.2008 / 12:24 PM / News
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Devils sign defenseman Anssi Salmela
newjerseydevils.com –  The Devils today signed defenseman Anssi Salmela to his first North American contract.  The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/ General Manager Lou Lamoriello.  As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

Salmela, 23, recorded 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points while appearing in all 56 games with Tappara (Fin.) in 2007-08.  Among defensemen, his 16 goals scored were tops in the Finnish League.  Salmela returned to Tappara this past season after spending nearly two years with the Pelicans (Fin.). 

The 5-11, 190-lb. defenseman previously played two-plus seasons with Tappara beginning in 2003-04.  Salmela’s Finnish League totals show 36 goals and 42 assists for 78 points and 208 penalty minutes in 226 appearances.  His European teammates included former Devils’ forward Janne Ojanen (Tappara) and current prospect Vili Sopanen (Pelicans). 

Internationally, Salmela represented Finland at the 2004 World Junior Championship and, most recently, the 2008 World Championship in Quebec City, Que., and Halifax, N.S. 

He was born August 13, 1984 in Nokia, Fin.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
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12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 52 24 10 5 34
A. Henrique 57 12 20 -2 32
P. Elias 54 10 17 -12 27
S. Gomez 40 5 19 -10 24
T. Zajac 56 10 10 -3 20
S. Bernier 49 10 9 0 19
A. Larsson 46 3 16 5 19
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Greene 64 2 13 7 15
E. Gelinas 44 5 9 -2 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
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K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59