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Jori Lehtera | Center | #10

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 212
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (65) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Jori Lehtera believes that a fresh start in Philadelphia will be good for his career.
Lehtera was traded from St. Louis to Philadelphia as part of the deal that sent Brayden Schenn to the Blues on draft day. Lehtera struggled last season, as he just 22 points in 64 games in his final year in St. Louis. But the veteran believes switching teams will do him some good. "I have no idea why (the Blues traded me), but I think it’s better for me that I got traded, so I don’t really care why," said Lehtera. "That’s the business part of hockey. It’s always tough to leave when you know all of the guys and the city. But hockey-wise, it’s going to be good for me. I didn’t play well at the end, but I think a new start will be really good for me." The change might help make him more productive, but don't expect him to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues. Aug 18 - 1:01 PM

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Flyers GM Ron Hextall likes Jori Lehtera's versatility.

Lehtera can play center or the wing and he can kill penalties. He was acquired from the Blues on Friday night in a deal that sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis. Lehtera registered just seven goals and 22 points in 64 games last season. His production has dropped each year since he had 14 goals and 44 points in 75 contests in 2014-15.
Jun 24 - 9:55 AM

The Blues have traded centre Jori Lehtera, the 27th pick in the 2017 entry draft and a conditional first-round pick in 2018 to the Flyers for Brayden Schenn.

Lehtera is a decent two-way player, but he clearly doesn't have the offensive upside of Schenn. Lehtera could slot in as Philly's third or fourth-line center behind Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier and possibly Scott Laughton if they want to keep him in the middle. If the Flyers shift him to the wing his fantasy value will be much higher than burried on the team's fourth unit.
Jun 23 - 9:42 PM

The St. Louis Blues might be trying to get the Vegas Golden Knights to take Jori Lehtera in the expansion draft.

Lehtera had a 44-point rookie campaign, but he declined offensively in each of the two seasons that followed, including his 22-point showing in 2016-17. Due in part to that, he probably wouldn't be Vegas' first choice among the Blues' unprotected players, but St. Louis has two first-round draft picks and some good defensive prospects, so the assets are there to sweeten the pot for the Golden Knights. Vegas is expected to start announcing deals with other teams this week, so we could find out soon if Lehtera is indeed heading their way.
Jun 5 - 10:52 AM

Jori Lehtera did not like the way the 2016-17 season went for him.

"It was a bad season for myself," Lehtera said. "I thought everything is going to come, I don't have to work through this. But ... it didn't. So it's just I have to go back to the work-basis and have a great summer workout-wise, come here and show everybody again I can play much better hockey." He accounted for just seven goals and 22 points in 64 games. Lehtera will likely be exposed in the expansion draft, but that doesn't mean that Vegas will be interested.
May 15 - 12:18 PM

Jori Lehtera logged just 7:00 of ice time in Game 4 against Nashville.

He picked up an assist on the Blues' lone goal of the match in a 2-1 loss to the Predators. Kyle Brodziak was made a healthy scratch, so Lehtera filled in as the fourth-line center. Lehtera has one goal and three assists in six playoff appearances.
May 3 - 6:26 PM

Jori Lehtera may have been a healthy scratch in three of his team's first five playoff games, but he came through in a big way on Friday night.

The Blues were trailing 2-1 in the third period when Lehtera scored the game-tying goal. Teammate Vladimir Tarasenko eventually scored the winning goal to tie the series at one. "What it came down to basically was that we know what (Lehtera) is capable of and that we believe in him," head coach Mike Yeo said. "We didn’t feel it was quite there to that level. And we were happy to give him a chance to respond. Very happy for him. It shows up on the score sheet, but his competitive level right now is very high." Since being scratched in Games 2, 3 and 4 of the Blues' first-round series against Minnesota, Lehtera has picked up three points in three games.
Apr 29 - 10:17 AM

Jori Lehtera found the back of the net in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

The Blues found themselves down 2-1 in the third period, but Lehtera scored a huge goal at the 7:39 mark to tie the game. Less than nine minutes after Lehtera made it 2-2, teammate Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second of the game to give St. Louis the lead and they never looked back. Since being a healthy scratch in Games 2, 3 and 4 of St. Louis' first-round series against Minnesota, Lehtera has responded by picking up three points in his last three games. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 29 - 12:36 AM

Jori Lehtera registered two assists in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 on Saturday.

Lehtera was only used in two of five games in the first round series. Although he did get two points on Saturday, he also had two minor penalties and was limited to 12:29 minutes of ice time.
Apr 23 - 10:37 AM

Jori Lehtera will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 of the first round series against the Minnesota Wild.

Lehtera played a vital role centering Vladimir Tarasenko last spring, but will be scratched in consecutive playoff games, giving the nod to Zach Sanford. He will be joined by Dmitrij Jaskin, Jordan Schmaltz and Luke Opilka in the press box.
Apr 19 - 9:27 PM

Jori Lehtera is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 3 on Sunday.

Lehtera played in the Blues' playoff opener, but he was removed from Game 2's lineup in favor of Zach Sanford. It seems Sanford will stay in the lineup again Sunday afternoon.
Apr 16 - 2:47 PM

It looks like Jori Lehtera will be a healthy scratch in Game 2.

Lehtera had no points and a plus-one rating in 16:53 minutes of ice time in Game 1. Zach Sanford is projected to play instead.
Apr 14 - 1:44 PM

Jori Lehtera returned to the fold on Sunday.

He sat out Saturday's game with an illness. Lehtera has posted a point (one goal, two assists) in each of his three appearances since returning from a concussion. He got a helper in Sunday's 3-2 win over Colorado.
Apr 10 - 2:14 AM

Jori Lehtera is too sick to play in Saturday's match with Carolina.

Given that the Blues have clinched their playoff berth, it's likely that they'll allow Lehtera Sunday to recover as well. If so, he'll finish the season with seven goals and 21 points in 63 games this season.
Apr 8 - 2:33 PM

Jori Lehtera got a goal on Tuesday night in his return to the lineup from a concussion.

It was his first goal since Feb. 16 and his seventh of the season. Lehtera has 20 points in 62 games, as his offensive totals have dropped for a third straight year.
Apr 5 - 12:11 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Claude Giroux
2Sean Couturier
3Valtteri Filppula
4Nolan Patrick
5Jori Lehtera
6Michael Vecchione
LW1Travis Konecny
2Jordan Weal
3Michael Raffl
4Scott Laughton
5Oskar Lindblom
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Wayne Simmonds
3Dale Weise
4Matt Read
D1Ivan Provorov
2Shayne Gostisbehere
3Andrew MacDonald
4Nick Schultz
5Radko Gudas
6Brandon Manning
7Travis Sanheim
8Samuel Morin
G1Brian Elliott
2Michal Neuvirth
3Anthony Stolarz