June 16, 1990 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
|NHL Draft||201st overall, 2008
Jani Lajunen (born June 16, 1990) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward. He is currently playing with Tappara of Liiga, the Finnish Elite League. He was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 7th round (201st overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Having made his debut in SM-liiga in 2008, he made quick progress and became one of the key players with Espoo Blues. He was selected to the Finnish national team for the 2011 IIHF World Championship. At the age of 20 he scored his first national team goal against Norway in the quarterfinals at his second game of the tournament. Lajunen also scored a goal in the semifinals against Russia. Team Finland went all the way to the final game and swept Sweden 6–1, winning Finland's second IIHF World Championship gold medal to date.
February 19, 2013, Lajunen was traded by the Predators to the St. Louis Blues for fellow minor leaguer Scott Ford. He then played for Växjö Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League for two seasons before returning to Finland in joining Tappara on a two-year deal, commencing from the 2015–16 season.
- Jani Lajunen career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Jani Lajunen career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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