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Veini Vehviläinen
Born (1997-02-13)13 February 1997,
Jyväskylä, Finland
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
F. teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
JYP Jyväskylä
Vaasan Sport
Oulun Kärpät
Ntl. team Flag of Finland.png Finland
NHL Draft 173rd overall, 2018
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2014–present

Veini Vehviläinen (born 13 February 1997) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing as a prospect to the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the sixth round, 173rd overall, by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[]

Vehviläinen began playing as a youth within JYP Jyväskylä, playing in the junior ranks, he impressively backstopped the under 20 team in the Jr. A SM-liiga as a 16-year old in the 2013–14 season.

Vehviläinen mades his professional debut in the Mestis with JYP-Akatemia in the 2014–15 season, before stepping up to the Liiga with JYP in the following 2015–16 season.

On 18 April 2017, Vehviläinen left JYP and secured a two-year contract with Oulun Kärpät.[1]

Establishing himself as the youngest starting goaltender in the Liiga, Vehviläinen quick ascension as the Liiga's best goaltender was realised in the 2017–18 season with Kärpät. He finished second in goals against average and save percentage, finishing with 20 wins in 35 games. He helped Kärpät capture the Kanada-malja championship, posting 11 wins and 3 shutouts in 17 playoff games. He was named to the Liiga All-Star Team and captured the Urpo Ylönen trophy as the league's best goaltender.[2]

After his selection by the Columbus Blue Jackets, 173rd overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Vehviläinen returned to play with Oulun Kärpät for the 2018–19 season. In backstopping the league leading Oulun Kärpät, Vehviläinen continued his stellar play leading the league in GAA and SV% while also posting a Liiga best 25 wins and 6 shutouts. He helped Oulun return to the Championship finals, leading all goaltender with a 1.47 GAA and 4 shutouts. He finished with a 11–6 record before falling to HPK.

On 4 June 2019, Vehviläinen at the conclusion of his contract with Kärpät agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[3]

International play[]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Finland.png Finland
World Championships
Gold 2019 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Gold 2016 Finland
World U18 Championships
Silver 2015 Switzerland

Vehviläinen represented Finland at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships, where played seven games, posting a 1.65 goals against average and a .949 save percentage, to backstop Team Finland to a silver medal. He was named to the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championship All-Star Team as the tournament's best goaltender.

At the 2019 IIHF World Championship Vehviläinen played one game against United States in the group stage. Finland went on to win the tournament earning Vehviläinen the gold medal.[4]

Career statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2012–13 JYP Jyväskylä Jr. A 1 3.23 .933
2013–14 JYP Jyväskylä Jr. A 29 2.89 .919
2014–15 JYP Jyväskylä Jr. A 17 3.09 .918
2014–15 JYP-Akatemia Mestis 26 2.57 .917 4 2.56 .922
2015–16 JYP Jyväskylä Liiga 28 15 7 4 1649 56 3 2.04 .925 3 0 2 146 9 0 3.70 .796
2015–16 JYP-Akatemia Mestis 7 2.92 .925
2016–17 JYP Jyväskylä Liiga 9 2 5 2 499 19 0 2.29 .912
2016–17 JYP-Akatemia Mestis 7 2 4 1 393 16 0 2.45 .904
2016–17 Vaasan Sport Liiga 9 2 5 2 538 19 0 2.12 .923
2017–18 Oulun Kärpät Liiga 35 20 5 8 2030 64 4 1.89 .925 17 11 4 364 26 3 1.57 .933
2018–19 Oulun Kärpät Liiga 38 25 8 5 2290 60 6 1.58 .933 17 11 6 1057 25 4 1.47 .939
2019–20 Cleveland Monsters AHL 33 10 18 4 1915 88 3 2.76 .901
Liiga totals 119 64 30 21 7,006 218 13 1.87 .926 37 22 12 2,198 60 7 1.64 .929

International[]

Year Team Event Result GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2014 Finland IH18 5th 2 1 1 0 120 11 0 5.50 .841
2015 Finland U18 Silver medal icon.svg 7 5 1 1 437 12 1 1.65 .949
2016 Finland WJC Gold medal icon.svg 4 2 1 0 206 13 1 3.79 .838
2017 Finland WJC 9th 6 3 2 0 318 8 1 1.51 .931
2019 Finland WC Gold medal icon.svg 1 0 0 1 64 3 0 2.82 .897
Junior totals 19 11 5 1 1081 44 3 2.44 .922
Senior totals 1 0 0 1 64 3 0 2.82 .897

Awards and honours[]

Award Year
Liiga
All-Star Team 2018
Urpo Ylönen trophy 2018 [2]
Kanada-malja (Oulun Kärpät) 2018
Best GAA (1.58) 2019
Best SVS% (.923) 2019
International
WJC18 Silver Medal 2015 [5]
WJC18 All-Star Team 2015 [6]

References[]

  1. "Oulun announce new signings" (in Finnish). Oulun Kärpät (18 April 2017). Retrieved on 18 April 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Vehvilainen honored at Liiga's award ceremony" (in Finnish) (2 May 2018). Retrieved on 2 May 2018.
  3. "Blue Jackets sign Veini Vehvilainen to an entry-level contract". Columbus Blue Jackets (4 June 2019). Retrieved on 4 June 2019.
  4. "Finland defeats Canada for Gold Medal at World Championship". The Sports Network (May 26, 2019). Retrieved on May 26, 2019.
  5. NHL Draft Watch: Plenty of European sleepers rise at U18 championship. Retrieved on 19 March 2018.
  6. "IIHF announces U18 All-Star Team". International Ice Hockey Federation (2015-05-21). Retrieved on 2015-06-21.[dead link]

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