October 17, 1984 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
|Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||66th overall, 2004
Sami Lepistö (born October 17, 1984) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He is the son of former Jokerit captain and youth international defenceman Jussi Lepistö. Sami was drafted by the Washington Capitals as their third-round pick, #66 overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Lepistö played professional hockey for Jokerit in the SM-liiga. In his first season in 2003-04, Lepistö had three goals and seven points in 53 games, followed by an assist in eight playoff games for Jokerit. He also played for Finland in the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship, scoring four goals and eight points in seven games. Lepistö saw his offensive numbers rise in 2004-05, as he had seven goals and 25 points in 55 games. Lepistö also had a solid playoff performance for Jokerit, as he had a goal and eight points in 12 games. Lepistö returned to Jokerit in 2005-06, and increased his offensive numbers once again, scoring eight goals and 29 points in 56 games. Lepistö had an injury plagued 2006-07 season, as he had one goals and 10 points in 26 games. On May 31, 2007, Lepistö was signed to a two-year entry-level contract by the Washington Capitals.
National Hockey League
Lepistö was sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL in 2007-08, where in 55 games, he scored four goals and 45 points, as well as having a solid +29 rating. Lepistö also made his NHL debut on February 16, 2008 with the Capitals. In seven games with Washington in 2007-08, Lepistö had an assist. He was returned to Hershey, where he had an assist in five playoff games. After the season, Lepistö played for Finland at the 2008 World Hockey Championship, where he had a goal and an assist in seven games.
Lepistö spent most of the 2008-09 season with Hershey once again, as in 70 games, he had four goals and 42 points, as well as a +24 rating. He once again appeared in seven games with the Capitals, where Lepistö earned four assists. On June 27, 2009, Washington traded Lepistö to the Phoenix Coyotes for the Coyotes fifth round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Lepistö spent the entire 2009-10 season with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he scored a goal and 11 points in 66 games, helping the club to the playoffs. In seven playoff games with the Coyotes, Lepistö had a goal. Lepistö also played for Finland at the 2010 Winter Olympics, as he had an assist in six games. He returned to the Coyotes for the 2010-11 season, where Lepistö had four goals and 11 points in 51 games.
On February 28, 2011, the Coyotes sent Lepistö and Scottie Upshall to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers. On July 15, 2011, Lepistö signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kontinental Hockey League
On January 12, 2013, Lepistö was traded to Lev Prague of the KHL. In summer 2013 he signed a two-year contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. After that he signed for one year with Salavat Yulaev Ufa. During the 2016 playoffs, he tied Nikita Zaitsev and Chris Lee to lead all defenceman in playoff scoring with 13 points.
Regular season and playoffs
|2010–11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||19||0||5||5||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||KHL||60||11||19||30||33||19||6||7||13||16|
|2016–17||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||KHL||53||6||25||31||22||5||0||3||3||4|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honours
|Calder Cup (Hershey Bears)||2009|
|WJC Best Defenceman||2004|
|WJC All-Star Team||2004|
- "Capitals sign Sami Lepistö to entry-level contract". capitals.nhl.com. 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- "Coyotes' trade for 3 defensemen". azcentral.com. 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
- "Blue Jackets trade Klesla to Coyotes for Upshall, Lepisto". TSN. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
- "Lepisto signs with KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl".