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Jori Lehtera | Center

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 201
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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

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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

Jori Lehtera's recently signed contract with St. Louis is worth $5.5 million over two years.

Lehtera has 12 goals and 32 assists in 48 KHL games in 2013-14. The 26-year-old forward has never played professional hockey in North America outside of a seven-game AHL stint in 2008-09, so he's a significant risk going into 2014-15. That being said, the Blues have suggested that he might play alongside Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, so it looks like he'll be given every opportunity to establish himself in the NHL.
Jul 1 - 4:13 PM

Jori Lehtera has signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues.

No terms were disclosed. Lehtera was the Blues' third-round pick in 2008 but played in the KHL the last few years. Last season he scored 12 goals and registered 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk. Lehtera could be a sleeper so watch what his role will be in training camp.
Jul 1 - 12:22 PM

Jori Lehtera has inked a two-year deal to remain in the KHL with Novosibirsk Sibir.

The St. Louis Blues were hoping that Lehtera would play in North America next season, but that won't be the case. "At the end of the day he does not want to play in the NHL, " GM Doug Armstrong said. "We offered him a one-way seven figure deal. Can't force guys to want to play in the NHL." It's expected that he's making more than that to remain overseas. Once this new deal expires, the Blues won't have his exclusive rights anymore.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 02:46:00 PM

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong essentially said that it's up to Jori Lehtera if he wants to join up with the team next season.

The 25-year-old Finnish center was the 65th pick of the 2008 NHL Draft. He's been close to a point-per-game player in the KHL the past two seasons, so it's possible that he can fit in well with a team that could use more offense.
Sun, May 12, 2013 03:34:00 PM

Jori Lehtera assisted on both goals to lead Sibir Novosibirsk to a 2-0 win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk Monday.

Lehtera got off to a real hot start as he led the KHL in scoring with 16 points in his first 12 games but tailed off as he has picked up 12 points in his last 14 games including today.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 09:17:00 AM

St. Louis prospect Jori Lehtera is currently the KHL's scoring leader.

The 65th overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft has accumulated 16 points, including 11 assists, in 12 games with Sibir Novosibirsk. The Finnish forward is playing in his third year in the KHL after beginning his career in the SM-liiga. Lehtera appeared in seven AHL regular-season contests and seven playoff games with Peoria in 2008-09, but he ended up with just three combined points over that span.
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 05:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Paul Stastny
2David Backes
3Patrik Berglund
4Jori Lehtera
5Maxim Lapierre
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Joakim Lindstrom
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Steve Ott
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Vladimir Tarasenko
3Chris Porter
4Ryan Reaves
D1Alex Pietrangelo
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Carl Gunnarsson
5Barret Jackman
6Jordan Leopold
7Ian Cole
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen