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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


Returned to NJD lineup February 19 at Tampa Bay; is in third stint with NHL Devils this season...Recalled from Lowell (AHL) Wednesday; was first among d'men/tied for fourth on squad with 8g-15a-23pts...Recorded two assists November 23 at Tampa Bay...Posted first career point with assist November 12 vs. NY Rangers...Joined T. Blomqvist, H. Kamppuri, T. Levo, O. Malmivaara, J. Ojanen, T. Pihlman, J. Porvari, R. Ruotsalainen and E. Tikkanen as NJD's Finnish-born players...Recorded 16g-16a-32pts while appearing in all 56 games with Tappara (Fin.) in 2007-08...Sixteen goals were tops among d'men in league...Returned to Tappara after spending nearly two years with Pelicans (Fin.)...Previously played two-plus seasons with Tappara beginning in 2003-04...Finnish League totals show 36g-42a-78pts and 208 penalty minutes in 226 appearances...Teammates included former Devil Ojanen and prospect V. Sopanen...Represented Finland at the 2004 World Junior Championship and 2008 World Championships.