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Jori Lehtera | Center

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
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It had been 15 games since Jori Lehtera found the back of the net, unfortunately the Blues couldn't hang on to his lead as they fell to LA 6-4.
Lehtera went backhand-shelf on Jonathan Quick to give the Blues the 4-3 lead late in the second period. Despite the drought, he still has 24 points this season, his first in the NHL. Dec 19 - 2:41 AM

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Jori Lehtera has been named the NHL's first star of the week.

Lehtera had four goals and six points in three games last week, including a hat trick. He's also on a seven-game point streak. He's been superb since making the jump from the KHL with seven goals and 17 points in 16 contests. He's not eligible to win the Calder Trophy though because of his age.
Source: NHL.com
Nov 17 - 12:37 PM

Jori Lehtera registered a natural hat trick Tuesday as the Blues trounced Buffalo by a score of 6-1.

The forgotten member of the Blues top line earned the spotlight on this night by doubling his season's goal total. Joakim Lindstrom added a pair of power play goals in the third period while Kevin Shattenkirk also tallied for the victorious Blues.
Nov 11 - 11:50 PM

St. Louis' top line of Jori Lehtera, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz have been outstanding of late.

The trio produced St. Louis' only goal in their 2-1 loss to Nashville on Saturday night and the line has 17 points in the team's last five games.
Nov 9 - 10:43 AM

Jori Lehtera scored the lone goal for St. Louis in its 2-1 loss to Nashville on Saturday night.

Lehtera has been a nice find for the Blues after playing in the KHL last season. The 26-year-old Finnish forward is on a four-game points streak, and he has three goals and 11 on the year. Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko got the assists.
Nov 8 - 11:36 PM

Jori Lehtera notched a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over Dallas.

He picked up primary assists on two of Vladimir Tarasenko's three goals in the contest. Tarasenko had the primary helper on Lehtera's second marker of the year. The duo has been separated for moments in the early going of the season, but they've been together for the most part since the preseason.
Oct 29 - 5:17 PM

Jori Lehtera (flu) was able to participate in Wednesday's practice.

With that in mind, it seems reasonable to assume he'll be available for Thursday's game. He's gotten off to a strong start with a goal and three points in four contests.
Oct 22 - 5:01 PM

Jori Lehtera (flu) didn't return to practice on Tuesday.

Lehtera was projected to play on Thursday, but seeing as he's already missed three days with this illness, we recommend taking a wait-and-see approach. He has a goal and three points in four games in 2014-15.
Oct 21 - 4:25 PM

Jori Lehtera (flu) is expected to be ready to return for Thursday's game against Vancouver.

He missed Sunday's loss to Anaheim because of the flu bug. If he's able to play on Thursday then he will probably skate alongside Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz again.
Oct 21 - 11:19 AM

Jori Lehtera sat out Sunday's 3-0 loss to Anaheim because of the flu.

Consider him day-to-day. Lehtera scored a goal and added two assists in St. Louis' 6-1 win over Arizona on Saturday night to earn his first NHL points.
Oct 20 - 12:43 PM

Jori Lehtera recorded two goals and an assist in the Blues’ 5-4 overtime loss against the Wild on Saturday night.

Lehtera, who came over from the KHL during the offseason, had 12 goals and 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk Sibir. Other goal scorers for the Blues included Ryan Reaves and Ian Cole. Petteri Lindbohm and Joakim Lindstrom picked up to assists. Brian Elliott struggled, giving up five goals on 33 shots.
Oct 4 - 11:13 PM

Jori Lehtera gave himself an "OK-minus" grade for his preseason debut on Sunday.

"I saw that I can play here and it was good to play with Vlad (Tarasenko)," he said. "But of course, first game, I feel a little bit like it was pretty hard, the third period. My legs got tired. There was good moments, but we didn't concentrate like we should." Lehtera scored a power-play goal in the Blues' 4-3 loss in overtime to Columbus. He skated with Tarasenko and Peter Mueller in the contest.
Sep 22 - 5:38 PM

Jori Lehtera is expected to make his St. Louis Blues debut in their pre-season opener against Columbus on Sunday.

Lehtera signed with the Blues as a free-agent from the KHL. "I’ve watched Lehtera play a lot," said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. "I know he’s a good player. I don’t know where he’s going to fit, but he’s going to find his level here." The 26-year-old has never played in the NHL so it’s difficult to project what his offensive upside will be this season. He will be a risk-reward pick in fantasy drafts. Lehtera registered 12 goals and 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk Sibir of the KHL.
Sep 21 - 10:34 AM

Jori Lehtera could find quick chemistry in his first NHL season with Vladimir Tarasenko, whom he played with for two seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12 with KHL club Novosibirsk Sibir.

"We played together in Russia for a couple years, (and) it was a really good time," Tarasenko said. "He’s a really skilled player. He can score, he can pass. I liked to play with him." In the latter season in 2011-12, Lehtera produced at over a point-per-game pace with 26 points in 25 games. Tarasenko notched 38 points in 39 games that same season with Sibir. Lehtera is definitely a first year player to keep an eye on this season.
Sep 7 - 10:23 AM

A scorer in the KHL, new Blues center Jori Lehtera was brought over to do just that in St. Louis this season, but its unknown how much of his overseas success can translate into the NHL as a rookie.

The 26 year old notched 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk Sibir of the KHL last season, and has produced at close to a point-per-game pace throughout his professional career in Finland and Russia. The 6'2, 191 pounder should slot right in to the Blues' everyday lineup, but will have to put on a show in order to play with offensive wingers who might flank Paul Stastny and David Backes.
Aug 31 - 9:09 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Paul Stastny
2Jori Lehtera
3David Backes
4Patrik Berglund
5Maxim Lapierre
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Joakim Lindstrom
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Steve Ott
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2T.J. Oshie
3Chris Porter
4Dmitrij Jaskin
5Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Carl Gunnarsson
5Chris Butler
6Barret Jackman
7Ian Cole
G1Jake Allen
2Martin Brodeur
3Brian Elliott