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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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59