Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
Valtteri Filppula
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
BIRTHDATE: 03/20/1984
AGE: 32
DRAFTED: DET: 2002-95 overall
Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 21, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2013.
2014-15 SEASON: Played in 82 games with the Lightning, collecting 12 goals and 48 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes…Was 1 of 5 players on the Lightning to appear in all 82 games…10 of his 12 goals this season were scored at Amalie Arena…Led the Bolts for power-play assists with 15…Led the Lightning for face-off percentage (52.4) and face-offs taken (1,185)…Ranked 2nd among Lightning forwards for average time on ice (19:01)…Recorded a season-best 4 game point streak from 2/8-15 (1 goal, 6 assists)…Skated in his 600th career NHL game on 1/6 at MTL...2015 Playoffs: Appeared in all 26 playoff games with the Lightning, recording 4 goals and 14 points to go along with 4 penalty minutes…Ranked tied for 6th on the Bolts for points and tied for 4th for assists…Recorded the Lightning’s final goal of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 of the Final…Recorded 2 goals and 6 assists over his final 13 playoff games...Tied his career-postseason high of 3 points in a contest in Game 2 at Montreal in the second round (1 goal, 2 assists).


2013-14 SEASON: Skated in 75 games with the Lightning, posting 25 goals and 58 points to go along with 20 penalty minutes…Ranked 2nd on the Lightning for points with 58 and second for power-play goals (6)…Owned the Lightning’s longest point streak during the season at 12 games from March 8-30 (5 goals, 11 assists)…Ranked 1st (tie-Purcell) on the Bolts for power-play assists with 6…Ranked 1st on the Lightning for face-off percentage (52.3%)…Set a new career-high for goals…Recorded his 300th career NHL point on March 17 vs. VAN…Named to Team Finland for the 2014 Winter Olympics but did not play due to injury…Skated in his 500th career NHL game on Nov. 11 at BOS…Made his Lightning debut on Oct. 3 at BOS…2014 Playoffs: Skated in all 4 Lightning postseason games, collecting 1 assist…2012-13: Skated in 41 games with Detroit, collecting 9 goals and 17 points to go along with 6 penalty minutes…3 of his 9 goals on the season were scored while on the power play…Registered 2 goals over the final 4 games of the regular season…Recorded his 100th career NHL goal on 4/25 vs. NSH…Notched his 250th career NHL point on 4/22 vs. PHX…Recorded a season-high 4-game point streak from 2/24 - 3/16 (2 goals, 2 assists)…Tied a career high with 2 goals on 1/29 vs. DAL…Tied his career high with 3 assists on 1/25 vs. MIN…Appeared in 16 games with Jokerit during the NHL lockout, posting 6 goals and 15 points to go along with 6 penalty minutes…2013 Playoffs: Skated in 14 playoff games with the Red Wings, registering 2 goals and 6 points…Netted the game-winning goal in Game 7 on 5/12 vs. ANA…2011-12: Skated in a career-high 81 games for Detroit…Set new career-highs in goals (23), assists (43) and points (66)…His 66 points ranked 3rd on the team…Finished with a career-best +18 rating…Skated in his 400th career NHL game on 1/7 at TOR…Collected his 200th career NHL point (assist) on 1/3 at DAL…Registered a career-high 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) on 1/21 vs. CBJ…Fired a career-high 144 shots on goal during the season…Averaged 18:15 TOI in the regular season…Won 51.7% of his face-offs taken…Scored 1 of Detroit’s 2 shorthanded goals during the season…2012 Playoffs: Appeared in all 5 of the Red Wings’ postseason games…Finished with 2 points (2 assists) in the playoffs…Averaged 19:20 TOI during the postseason…2010-11: Appeared in 71 games for Detroit…Missed 2 games on 1/7 and 1/8 with a groin injury and 8 games from 2/9 through 2/24 with a lower body injury…Registered 39 points with 22 penalty minutes…Notched career-highs with 4 power play goals and 5 game-winning goals…Played in his 300th career game on 11/3 at CGY…Collected his 100th career assist on 4/10 at CHI…Averaged 16:43 of TOI in the regular season…Won 51.5% of his 928 face-offs taken…2011 Playoffs: Appeared in all 11 postseason games for Detroit…Tied for 2nd on the team in postseason scoring with 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists)…Registered 6 penalty minutes and a +5 rating…Scored 2 postseason game-winning goals…Averaged 17:47 of TOI…2009-10: Finished the season with 11 goals and 35 points in 55 games with the Red Wings…Missed 26 games from 10/31-12/23 due to a broken wrist…Averaged 18:14 TOI during the regular season…Won 51.7% of his face-offs taken…Notched his 100th career NHL point when he assisted on Darren Helm’s goal on 10/29 vs. EDM…Tied a career high when he recorded 3 points on 3/24 vs. STL…Fired a career-high 7 shots on goal on 2/3 at ANA…2010 Playoffs: Skated in all 12 Red Wing postseason games, notching 4 goals and 9 points…Averaged 18:34 TOI and recorded 2 playoff power-play goals…2008-09: Appeared in 80 games with Detroit, recording 12 goals and 40 points…Played in his 200th NHL game on 1/17 at SJS…Averaged 16:06 TOI…Recorded 6 multi-point games…2009 Playoffs: Appeared in all 23 postseason contests, recording 3 goals and 16 points…Tied for 3rd on the Red Wings in playoff scoring for points…2007-08: Skated in 78 games for Detroit, registering 19 goals and 36 points…Became the 1st Red Wing to attempt, and score on, 2 penalty shots in the same season since Steve Yzerman in 1992…2008 Playoffs: Skated in 22 playoff games with the Red Wings, notching 5 goals and 11 points…Won his 1st Stanley Cup…2006-07: Appeared in 73 games with Detroit, tallying 10 goals and 17 points…Led all Detroit rookies in TOI per game, averaging 11:15 TOI…Scored his 1st NHL goal on 10/28 at STL…Tallied his 1st goal at Joe Louis Arena on 12/31 vs. LAK…2007 Playoffs: Skated in all 18 Red Wing playoff games, recording 3 goals and 5 points…His 3 goals and 2 assists led all Red Wing rookies…2005-06: Played in 4 games with Detroit, registering 1 assist…Made his NHL debut on 12/15 at FLA…Recorded 1st NHL point (assist) on 12/15 at FLA….Skated in 74 games with Grand Rapids (AHL), recording 20 goals and 71 points…Ranked 5th in scoring on the Griffins for points…Led the Griffins with 7 goals in 16 playoff games…Represented Grand Rapids at the AHL All-Star Classic…International Career: Skated in 10 games for Finland at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, posting 4 goals and 10 points…Was named a Top 3 player on Team Finland…Represented Finland at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, skating in 6 games and recording 3 goals…Won the bronze medal…Skated in 7 games for Finland at the 2004 World Junior Championships, recording 4 goals and 9 points…Captured the bronze medal and was named to the World Junior Championship All-Star Team…Skated for Finland at the 2003 World Junior Championships, notching an assist…Won the bronze medal with Team Finland at the tournament…Played for Team Finland at the 2002 World Junior Under-18 Championships, registering 4 goals and 10 points…Was the captain of Team Finland at the tournament.