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Jori Lehtera | Center | #15

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 drew into the Flyers' lineup for the first time on Thursday.
Lehtera was a healthy scratch for the Flyers' first six games of the 2017-18 campaign. He skated alongside Valtteri Filppula and Wayne Simmonds and logged 12:06 minutes of ice time. "Lehts did a good job," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "To step in in game No. 7, not having played, I thought Lehts went out and played a real rock solid game. Lehts has been here. Lehts has done the work. You guys don’t see behind the scenes the kind of effort and what that takes as a teammate every day to stay ready." Oct 20 - 10:46 AM

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Jori Lehtera might make his Flyers debut on Thursday.

Lehtera, who was acquired from St. Louis over the summer, has been a healthy scratch for six straight games to open the campaign. However, Wayne Simmonds is questionable with a lower-body injury and if he isn't available, then the Flyers might look to Lehtera to help fill the void. "I’m still excited," Lehtera said recently. "Camp wasn’t good. I wouldn’t say terrible, it was OK. I’m kind of still looking to find my spot. When I get my opportunity, I’m going to take my spot. Where it is, I don’t know."
Oct 19 - 4:42 AM

Jori Lehtera will be a healthy scratch against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Lehtera hasn't played a regular season game for the Philadelphia Flyers since coming to the team via trade this past summer. Both he and Travis Sanheim will be healthy scratches for Philadelphia.
Oct 17 - 6:58 PM

Jori Lehtera will be a healthy scratch from the Philadelphia Flyers' lineup Saturday before their meeting against the Washington Capitals.

Lehtera has yet to play a game with the Flyers this season and will miss out on Saturday's contest against Washington.
Oct 14 - 7:26 PM

Jori Lehtera will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Nashville Predators.

Lehtera was acquired from the Blues this off-season, but he still hasn't suited up in a game for Philadelphia. Samuel Morin and Brandon Manning will also be scratched in this game. None of these three players will have any fantasy value this season.
Oct 10 - 7:56 PM

Jori Lehtera will be scratched from the Flyers' lineup before their meeting against the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night.

Lehtera was acquired this offseason by the Flyers in a deal that sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis. He's coming off a season where he only scored seven times in 64 games. His rebirth in Philadelphia will have to wait for the time being as he'll sit out Saturday's game.
Oct 7 - 9:50 PM

Jori Lehtera could move to wing this upcoming season.

Lehtera has been a center for most of his NHL career, but it sounds like he'll get a look on the wing. "I played there in Olympics, World Cup and World Championships, so it’s not weird," Lehtera said. "I don’t think it matters if you have a good centerman it doesn’t matter if you’re a winger. It was a good first start." The 29-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in St. Louis, as he had just seven goals and 15 assists in 64 games.
Sep 18 - 8:18 AM

Jori Lehtera scored a goal and registered an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders on Sunday.

It was just Lehtera's first preseason game so obviously we can't read much into it. Still it's encouraging to see him start on a positive note as he seeks to step up in Philadelphia after being dealt by St. Louis. Mike Vecchione netted the Flyers' other goal.
Sep 17 - 4:28 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sean Couturier
2Nolan Patrick
3Valtteri Filppula
4Jori Lehtera
LW1Claude Giroux
2Jordan Weal
3Travis Konecny
4Scott Laughton
5Taylor Leier
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Wayne Simmonds
3Dale Weise
4Michael Raffl
5Matt Read
6Colin McDonald
D1Ivan Provorov
2Shayne Gostisbehere
3Andrew MacDonald
4Radko Gudas
5Robert Hagg
6Brandon Manning
7Travis Sanheim
G1Brian Elliott
2Michal Neuvirth
3Anthony Stolarz