October 6, 1983 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
Ville Leino (born October 6, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers.
At age 17, Leino started playing for his hometown hockey team SaPKo in the Suomi-sarja. He was recruited into the SM-liiga by Ilves, and later moved on to HPK, where he led the team in scoring in the 2005-06 season when HPK won their first SM-liiga championship.
In 2007, Leino was signed by Jokerit where he was switched from center to wing. In his first season with the team, he broke the club record for most points in the regular season when he surpassed Timo Sutinen's record of 73. He went on to finish second in scoring, and won the Lasse Oksanen trophy for the best player during the regular season in the SM-liiga.
On May 10, 2008, Leino signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Due to the Wings salary cap issues, Leino was then assigned to affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock commented that Leino was the "best player" he had ever sent to the minors. Ville was eventually recalled from the Griffins on January 29, 2009.
In the first period of his NHL debut on January 31, 2009, Leino scored a goal against goaltender José Théodore in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. Leino is one of the few players that have scored a goal in their first NHL appearance.
Leino signed a one-way, two-year extension with the Red Wings on July 6, 2009.
On February 6, 2010, Ville Leino was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Norwegian defenceman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a 5th-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Leino had two goals and two assists in fourteen games with the Flyers in the regular season.
Leino started the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs in the press box, but injuries to Simon Gagné and Jeff Carter called Leino into action. Forming the most potent line in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Daniel Brière and Scott Hartnell, Leino recorded seven goals and fourteen assists for 21 points in 19 games. This tied the rookie record for most points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs held by Dino Ciccarelli.
On April 24, 2011, during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against Buffalo, Leino scored the game-winning goal in overtime of game 6 of the series to bring Philadelphia even with Buffalo, 3 games to 3. He finished the playoffs with three goals and two assists as the Flyers were swept in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.
Leino became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2011 season. He signed a 6-year, $27 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2011. His performance during the 2011–12 season was much maligned, as he scored only eight goals with 17 assists during 71 games despite signing a hefty contract during the off-season. Continuing poor play in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons (he failed to score a single goal in the latter) prompted incoming coach Ted Nolan to bench Leino near the end of the 2013-14 season, leading to speculation that the Sabres will buy out his contract at the end of the season.
- SM-liiga - All-Star 2006 and 2008
- SM-liiga - player of the month, January 2006 and October 2007
- SM-liiga - Lasse Oksanen trophy for best player of the regular season, 2008
- NHL - most points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a rookie - 21 (2010) (tied with Dino Ciccarelli)
- NHL - most assists in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a rookie - 14 (2010)
- NHL - most assists in the Stanley Cup Finals by a rookie - 6 (2010)
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||13||5||4||9||6||7||0||2||2||0|
|2008–09||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||57||15||31||46||18||10||3||10||13||10|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||42||4||3||7||6||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Red Wings Sign Leino From Finnish Elite League". The Canadien Press. TSN.ca. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
- "Leino signs 1-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings". redwings.nhl.com. 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "Heres the deal: Ericsson,Helm and Leino sent down". detroitfreepress.com. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
- "Red Wings recall Ville Leino, Aaron Downey, as Brad Stuart placed on IR". mlive.com. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
- "Ovechkin takes over as Capitals extend Wings' skid to five". cbssportline.com. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
- "RED WINGS TRADE LEINO TO FLYERS FOR TOLLEFSEN". TSN. 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
- "Stanley Cup Final Game 6 pre-game notes". nhl.com. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
- "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ville Leino.|
- Ville Leino's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Ville Leino at Hockey-Reference.com
- Ville Leino's player profile at NHL.com
- Jatkoaika.com player profile (in Finnish)
|Winner of the Lasse Oksanen trophy