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Sami Lepisto
Sami Lepisto
Defenseman
(LEH-pihs-toh)
Number: 20
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 193
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 17, 1984
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
Acquired: Signed as a free agent on 7/16/11
Drafted: WSH / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (66th overall)

2010-11: Registered NHL career highs in points (16), goals (4) and assists (12) in 70 regular-season tilts split between PHX and CBJ … Accrued five assists in the final 19 regular-season contests of the season with CBJ after being traded by PHX on Feb. 28 … Matched career game highs in points and assists with three helpers on March 19 at MIN … Recorded a goal and an assist against ANA on Jan. 15 … Logged a season-high 23:45 of ice time on March 22 at COL … Posted two takeaways, one blocked shot and one hit at DAL on April 5 … Started the season with PHX, tallying four goals and seven helpers in 51 matchups before being traded.

2009-10: Registered 10 helpers and 11 points in 66 regular-season tilts with PHX … Ranked second among club blueliners with a +14 plus/minus rating … Tied for third on the team in PIM, amassing 60 during his first full campaign with the team … Netted his first career goal, a game-winner against NYR, on Jan. 30 … Posted one goal and seven shots on goal in seven Stanley Cup Playoffs tilts for PHX … Netted a goal and registered two blocked shots at DET in Game 3 of the conference quarterfinals on April 18.

2008-09:
Split time between WSH and the American Hockey Leauge’s Hershey Bears … Recorded four points on four assists in seven regular-season tilts with WSH … Amassed 42 points (4G, 38A) in 70 regular-season contests with the Bears … Posted a career-high 80 PIM in his second campaign with Hershey … Paced club defensemen in points (42) and assists (38) and finished second with four goals … Matched a career game-high in points and assists tallying three helpers against PHI on Nov. 15 … Registered seven multi-point games during the campaign … Accrued eight points (G, 7A) during the first of two six-game point streaks from Jan 16-24.

2007-08:
Split time between WSH and the Bears … Tallied one helper in seven regular-season games with WSH … Made his NHL debut at TBL on Feb. 16 … Registered his first point in the NHL with an assist against ATL on March 14 … Led AHL defensemen with 41 assists and finished 11th among league blueliners with 51 points … Paced all Hershey blueliners with professional career highs in points (45), assists (41) and plus/minus rating (+29) while posting career highs in each category in 55 regular-season tilts with the Bears … Amassed 45 points (4G, 41A) in his inaugural campaign with Hershey … Posted a career game-high three points four times during the season, including three three-assist performances… Recorded 16 points (2G, 14A) during a career-long nine-game scoring streak from Jan. 20-Feb. 14 … Notched one assist in five Calder Cup Playoffs contests with the Bears.

2006-07:
Tallied 10 points (G, 9A) in 26 regular-season contests with Jokerit Helsinki of SM-Iiiga in Finland … Registered four points (2G, 2A) in 10 postseason matchups with the club.

2005-06:
Posted eight goals and 21 helpers in 56 regular-season games with Jokerit Helsinki … Netted a career-high eight goals in his third season with the team.

2004-05:
Amassed 25 points (7G, 18A) with a +13 rating in 55 regular-season tilts with Jokerit Helsinki… Skated in 12 postseason games, registering a goal and seven assists.

2003-04:
Tallied three goals and four helpers for seven points in 53 regular-season contests during his inaugural campaign with Jokerit Helsinki … Posted one assist in eight postseason appearances with the club.

International Career: Captured a gold medal with Team Finland at the 2011 World Championship, tallying three assists and a +3 plus/minus rating in nine games … Registered one assist in six Olympic contests for Finland, helping his native club win the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver … Won the bronze medal with Finland at the 2008 World Championship in Quebec, posting a goal and a helper in seven tilts … Helped Team Finland win bronze at the 2004 U20 World Championship, registering eight points (4G, 4A) in seven contests … Was named the best defenseman and tournament all-star at the 2004 WJC in Finland.