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Finland VILI SAARIJÄRVI  Unsigned - click for Team Depth Chart
Last team: Grand Rapids Griffins - 2019

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BIRTHYEAR 1997-05-15 BIRTHPLACERovaniemi, FIN
AGE 23 NATION Finland
POSITION D SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 178 cm / 5'10" WEIGHT 83 kg / 183 lbs
YOUTH TEAM RoKi CONTRACT 21/22
NHL DRAFT 2015 round 3 #73 overall by Detroit Red Wings
SOCIAL Vili Saarijärvi Twitter Vili Saarijärvi Instagram 
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time U20 WJC Gold Medal 1
1-time U18 WJC Silver Medal 1


© Photo: Dan Hickling

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2010-11 RoKi U16 U16 I-divisioona 3 1 120 |            
 2011-12 RoKi U16 U16 I-divisioona Q 8 4 594 |            
  RoKi U16 U16 I-divisioona 25 4 111547 |            
 2012-13 Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 2 2 240 |            
  Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja 8 2 578 | Playoffs 9 5 91410  
  Kärpät U18 U18 SM-sarja 38 5 253024 | Playoffs 3 0 112  
  Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja 3 0 110 -4 | Playoffs 2 0 004
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 1 3424 -8 |            
 2013-14 Kärpät U18 U18 SM-sarja 8 3 7102 |            
  Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja 40 7 212810 15 | Playoffs 12 1 016
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 15 2 91112 9 |            
 2014-15 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 57 6 172314 -3 |            
  Finland U18  WJC-18 7 3 694 2 |            
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 12 4 8126 2 |            
 2015-16 Flint Firebirds OHL 59 12 314332 -15 |            
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 5 1 340 -3 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 0 442 0 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 13 1 564 0 |            
 2016-17 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 34 11 203114 20 | Playoffs 20 5 10158 10 
  Finland U20  WJC-20 6 2 242 2 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 13 3 4710 2 |            
 2017-18 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 42 0 111110 -1 | Playoffs 1 0 000
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 10 2 462 2 |            
 2018-19 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 2 141620 19 | Playoffs 1 1 010
 2019-20 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 13 0 112 -5 |            
  Tucson Roadrunners AHL 25 0 664 0 |            
 2020-21 Lukko Liiga 50 9 273626 25 |            
  Finland (all) International 3 1 122 -2 |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2014-15 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 342 -1 |            
 2020-21 Finland EHT 6 3 144 -2 |            


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
      Postseason
  AHL: 150 2 32 34 0.23 36  13  | 2 1 0 1 0.50
  ECHL: 15 3 7 10 0.67 -1  |    
  EHT: 6 3 1 4 0.67 -2  |    
  Hlinka Gretzky Cup: 4 1 3 4 1.00 -1  |    
  International: 3 1 1 2 0.67 -2  |    
  International-Jr: 64 11 29 40 0.63 56  |    
  Liiga: 50 9 27 36 0.72 26  25  |    
  OHL: 93 23 51 74 0.80 46  | 20 5 10 15 0.75 10 
  U16 I-divisioona: 28 5 12 17 0.61 47  |    
  U16 I-divisioona Q: 8 4 5 9 1.13 |    
  U16 SM-sarja: 8 2 5 7 0.88 | 9 5 9 14 1.56 10 
  U16 SM-sarja Q: 2 2 2 4 2.00 |    
  U18 SM-sarja: 46 8 32 40 0.87 26  | 3 0 1 1 0.33
  U20 SM-sarja: 43 7 22 29 0.67 10  11  | 14 1 0 1 0.07 10 
  USHL: 57 6 17 23 0.40 14  -3  |    
  WJC-18: 7 3 6 9 1.29 |    
  WJC-20: 13 2 6 8 0.62 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2010-2011 U16 Pohjola Camp Roster (RoKi)
2011-2012 U16 Huippu-Pohjola Camp Roster (RoKi)
2012-2013 U16 SM-sarja Champion (Kärpät)
2013-2014 U20 SM-sarja Silver Medal
2014-2015 U18 WJC All-Star Team
  U18 WJC Best Defenseman
  U18 WJC Most Assists by Defenseman (6)
  U18 WJC Most Goals by Defenseman (3)
  U18 WJC Most Points by Defenseman (9)
  U18 WJC Silver Medal
  U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team
  USHL All-Rookie Second Team
2015-2016 U20 WJC Gold Medal
2016-2017 U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- U16 Huippu-Pohjola Camp Roster 11/12
- U16 Pohjola Camp Roster 10/11
- U16 SM-sarja Champion 12/13
- U18 WJC All-Star Team 14/15
- U18 WJC Best Defenseman 14/15
- U18 WJC Most Assists by Defenseman 14/15
- U18 WJC Most Goals by Defenseman 14/15
- U18 WJC Most Points by Defenseman 14/15
- U18 WJC Silver Medal 14/15
- U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team 14/15
- U20 SM-sarja Silver Medal 13/14
- U20 WJC Gold Medal 15/16
- U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team 16/17
- USHL All-Rookie Second Team 14/15



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2020-05-15 Confirmed Tucson Roadrunners Lukko
2019-11-30 Confirmed Detroit Red Wings Arizona Coyotes Traded 
2016-06-24 Confirmed Flint Firebirds Mississauga Steelheads Traded 
2015-08-12 Confirmed Green Bay Gamblers Flint Firebirds
2015-07-04 Confirmed Green Bay Gamblers Detroit Red Wings Entry Level 
2014-07-21 Confirmed Kärpät Green Bay Gamblers
2014-05-19 Extension Kärpät U20 Kärpät 3 years 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 2015, round 1 #9 overall by Flint Firebirds in the CHL Import Draft
- Drafted 2014, round 5 #207 overall by Jokerit in the KHL Draft
 
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #62 by ISS Hockey
 
 

Career transactions
- 2015-08-12 • Signed to a contract with the Flint Firebirds (OHL), reassignment by the Detroit Redwings
- 2015-07-03 • Signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Detroit Redwings
- 2014-07-21 • Transferred from Kärpät to Green Bay Gamblers(USHL), still contracted to Kärpät
- 2014-05-19 • Signed to a three-year contract with Kärpät
- 2012-Sum. • Transferred from RoKi U16 to Kärpät U16

Other memorable dates
- 2016-01-05 • Won World Junior Championship gold medal
- 2015-12-23 • Selected to U20 World Junior Championship roster
- 2015-10-16 • Scored first OHL goal (assisted by W.Bitten and Z.Grzelewski), vs. the Ottawa 67’s(L.Herbst)
- 2015-09-24 • Made OHL debut (vs. Saginaw Spirit) and scored first OHL assist point at the same game. +/-: 0 PIM: 0 S: 2
- 2015-04-16 • Selected to U18 World Junior Championship roster