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Anssi Salmela
Anssi Salmela
Defenseman
Number: 29
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Aug 13, 1984
Birthplace: Nokia, Finland
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by DEVILS, May 30, 2008
2009-10 SEASON
Re-acquired by Devils February 4, nearly one year after being traded…Became 18th player to be re-acquired and see action with New Jersey; joined T. Albelin, S. Clemmensen, J. Dowd, B. Holik, C. Lemieux, V. Malakhov, G. McAdam, A. Mogilny, K. Oliwa, P. Rheaume, S. Richer, B. Rolston, M. Rupp, C. Schwab, B. Shanahan, K. Sutton and C. Terreri…Totaled 2g-6a- 8pts overall, while appearing in 29 games with Atlanta and nine contests with New Jersey…Stats showed points in back-to-back games twice: February 13-March 2 (2a) and October 3-8 (1g-1a- 2pts)…Posted first career shorthanded goal/first goal with club February 8 at Philadelphia…Missed 2 games February 10-12 with upper body injury…Returned to Devils’ lineup February 5 vs. Toronto; was traded to Atlanta for N. Havelid and M. Stoesz, March 2, 2009…Did not see any playoff action.

CAREER
2008-09: Spent season with four teams: New Jersey/Atlanta; and Lowell/Chicago (AHL)…Appeared in 26 NHL games, posting 1g-5a- 6pts; also recorded 8g-16a-24pts in 40 AHL contests…Made NHL/North American debut in season-opener October 10 vs. NY Islanders…Assigned to Lowell on three occasions: October 17, December 3 and February 25…Was recalled twice: November 3 and February 18…Recorded first career point with assist November 12 at NY Rangers; posted career-high two assists (since tied) November 23 at Tampa Bay…Made AHL debut/posted assist October 17 vs. Manchester…AHL totals included five multiple-point outings, including career-high 1g-2a-3pts February 15 vs. Portland…Totaled points in season/career-high four straight games December 3-7 (3g-2a-5pts)…Missed three games December 12-19 due to suspension for checking from behind penalty/game misconduct December 6 vs. Portland…Following March 2 trade, saw action in 2 games with Chicago before joining Atlanta; made Thrashers’ debut March 14 at Buffalo…Notched first career NHL goal in his second game with squad March 16 vs. Washington…Matched career high with 2a March 26 vs. NY Rangers…Missed last 5 games of season due to injury…Not drafted; signed as a free agent May 30, 2008…OTHER: Played nine seasons in Finland, including four seasons with Finnish Elite League…SMLiiga totals included 36g-41a-78pts and 208 penalty minutes in 226 appearances with Tappara Tempere (’03-04 to ’05-06 & ’07-08) and Pelicans Lahti (’05-06 & ’06-07)…Set career highs across the board with 16g/16a/32pts; goal-total was first among the club’s defensemen…Matched career high by appearing in 56 games with Tampere in 2007-08; also played in 56 games with Pelicans the previous season…Made his debut in Finland’s top league by playing in ten regular-season games for Tampere in 2004- 05…Represented Finland at the 2008-09 World Championships, as well as 2004 World Junior tourney.

PERSONAL INFORMATION
Spends his off-seasons in Finland…Enjoys playing poker and basketball in his spare time…Lists Finnish defenseman Pekka Laksola as his favorite player growing up.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1st NHL GP: 10/10/08, NYI 1 @ NJ 2 • 1st NHL Goal: 3/16/09, Wsh. 1 @ Atl. 5 vs. J. Theodore • 1st NHL Assist: 11/12/08, NYR 5 @ NJ 2 • Most Goals in Game: 1; 2/8/10, NJ 2 @ Phi. 3; 10/3/09, TB 3 @ Atl. 6; 3/16/09, Wsh. 1 @ Atl. 5 • Most Assists in Game: 2; 3/26/09, NYR 4 @ Atl. 5 (SO); 11/23/08, NJ 7 @ TB 3 • Most Pts. in Game: 2; 3/26/09, NYR 4 @ Atl. 5 (SO) (2a); 11/23/08, NJ 7 @ TB 3 (2a) • Most PIM in Game: 4; 1/7/10, NYR 1 @ Atl. 2 (SO) (2 min.); 10/10/09, Atl. 2 @ Ott. 4 (2 min.) • Most Shots in Game: 6; 11/9/08, Edm. 2 @ NJ 1 • GP Streak: 12; 11/3-29/08 • Goal- Scoring Streak: 1; 2/8/10 (1g); 10/3/09 (1g); 3/16/09 (1g) • Assist-Scoring Streak: 2; 2/13-3/2/10 (2a) • Point-Scoring Streak: 2; 2/13-3/2/10 (0g-2a-2pts); 10/3-8/09 (1g-1a-2pts) • Penalties: 15 min. • Multiple-Pt. Games: 2 2-pt. games

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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