KHL.ru continues its review of our national heroes with a trip to Finland.

Goalies

#

Player

Teams

Appearances

1

Juha Metsola

Salavat Yulaev, Amur

325

2

Mikko Koskinen

SKA, Sibir

261

3

Karri Ramo

Jokerit, Avangard

247

4

Harri Sateri

Sibir, Vityaz

231

5

Petri Vehanen

HC Lev, Ak Bars

214

Most wins in one regular season: Karri Ramo (Avangard, 2010-2011) – 33;
Most shutouts in one regular season: Juha Metsola (Salavat Yulaev, 2019-2020; 2016-2017) – 7.

All the Finnish goalies who had 200+ games in the KHL lined up for two teams. Next year we won’t have any new entry, as the sixth player in the rankings, Joni Ortio, only has 93 appearances. The leader in most stats is Salavat Yulaev’s Juha Metsola, butHarri Sateri has a good chance to climb up to second place for appearances, surpassing Karri Ramo and Mikko Koskinen.

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Defensemen

#

Player

Teams

Points

1

Juuso Hietanen

Dynamo Moscow, Torpedo

282

2

Sami Lepisto

Jokerit, Salavat Yulaev, Avtomobilist, Lokomotiv, HC Lev

248

3

Ville Lajunen

Vityaz, Kunlun, Spartak, Jokerit, Metallurg

157

4

Jyrki Jokipakka

HC Sochi, Sibir

99

5

Janne Niskala

Dinamo Minsk, Atlant, Metallurg

97

Most points in one regular season: Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit, 2019-2020) – 49;
Most goals in one regular season: Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit, 2019-2020) – 17;
Most assists in one regular season: Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit, 2019-2020) – 32;
Most KHL games: Juuso Hietanen – 612.

The leader in the points rankings, Juuso Hietanen, left the KHL this summer and signed in Switzerland, but hardly any player will manage to surpass his 282-point achievement anytime soon. Among the players in the top-5, only Jyrki Jokipakka is under contract in the KHL for the next year.

However, the best single-season performance among Finnish D-men was Mikko Lehtonen’s phenomenal 2019-2020 campaign. He broke the records for points, goals, and assists, and was awarded Best Defenseman honors. The Jokerit blueliner lacked only one point to beat Esa Pirnes’ 50 points in the KHL’s inaugural season.

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Forwards

#

Player

Teams

Points

1

Petri Kontiola

Jokerit, Lokomotiv, Traktor, Metallurg

395

2

Teemu Hartikainen

Salavat Yulaev

394

3

Niko Kapanen

Jokerit, HC Lev, Ak Bars

298

4

Joonas Enlund

Neftekhimik, Traktor, CSKA, Kunlun, Lokomotiv, SKA, Sibir

289

5

Jarkko Immonen

Torpedo, Ak Bars

249

Most points in one regular season: Teemu Hartikainen (Salavat Yulaev, 2020-2021) – 64;
Most goals in one regular season: Teemu Hartikainen (Salavat Yulaev, 2020-2021) – 28;
Most assists in one regular season: Teemu Hartikainen (Salavat Yulaev, 2020-2021) – 36;
Most KHL games: Petri Kontiola – 646.

Pirnes’ record standed only for another year: Teemu Hartikainen surpassed him scoring 14 more points, and also his linemates Markus Granlund and Sakari Manninen scored more than 50 for Salavat Yulaev. Next year, Hartikainen will become the top-scoring Finnish player ever in the league as he only lacks one point to surpass his compatriot Petri Kontiola.

The leader in KHL appearances is still Kontiola, with Hartikainen following by 127 games – he only needs a couple of seasons to grab this record as well. If talking about the top-5 scoring forwards, Jori Lehtera only needs nine points to break in.

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