|Born||13 February 1997,|
|6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
|Columbus Blue Jackets|
|NHL Draft||173rd overall, 2018|
Columbus Blue Jackets
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.
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.
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.
|Competitor for Finland|
|World Junior Championships|
|World U18 Championships|
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Urpo Ylönen trophy||2018|||
|Kanada-malja (Oulun Kärpät)||2018|
|Best GAA (1.58)||2019|
|Best SVS% (.923)||2019|
|WJC18 Silver Medal||2015|||
|WJC18 All-Star Team||2015|||
- "Oulun announce new signings" (in Finnish). Oulun Kärpät (18 April 2017). Retrieved on 18 April 2017.
- "Vehvilainen honored at Liiga's award ceremony" (in Finnish) (2 May 2018). Retrieved on 2 May 2018.
- "Blue Jackets sign Veini Vehvilainen to an entry-level contract". Columbus Blue Jackets (4 June 2019). Retrieved on 4 June 2019.
- "Finland defeats Canada for Gold Medal at World Championship". The Sports Network (May 26, 2019). Retrieved on May 26, 2019.
- NHL Draft Watch: Plenty of European sleepers rise at U18 championship. Retrieved on 19 March 2018.
- "IIHF announces U18 All-Star Team". International Ice Hockey Federation (2015-05-21). Retrieved on 2015-06-21.[dead link]