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Joni Pitkanen
Joni Pitkanen
Defenceman
(PIHT-ka-nuhn, YOH-nee)
Number: 25
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: 19 Sep 1983
Birthplace: Oulu, Finland
Acquired: Obtained by Edmonton from Philadelphia, along with Geoff Sanderson and the Flyers 3rd round choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul on July 1, 2007.
Drafted: PHI / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (4th overall)

* Suffered a broken left calcaneus (heel) bone vs. WSH (4/2/13) and is currently on the long-term injured reserve list

* Ranks third among team defensemen in assists (116) and points (140) and fourth in goals (24) since the Hurricanes' relocation in 1997

* OFF THE RADAR: Joni and his wife, Sini, welcomed their second child, a daughter named Elle, on 10/11/12

* Career Highs: G: 2  A: 3  P: 3  PIM: 12

* HURRICANES CAREER TOTALS: 265 gp, 24-116-140, 218 pim



Last Game: Apr. 3/08 at Vancouver (0-1-1, 6 PIM, E, 21:08)br>Philadelphia's 1st choice, 4th overall, in 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Career Oilers Stats: 63 GP 8-18-26 56 PIM
Career NHL Stats: 269 GP 33-109-142 266 PIM
Career Hat Tricks: 0 Career Penalty Shots: 0

2007-08 STATS:
Home: 3-10-13 Away: 5-8-13
Even: 6-9-15 Powerplay: 1-9-10 Shorthanded: 1-0-1
Overtime: 0-0-0 Game Winning: 1-2-3 Empty Net: 0-0-0
Multiple Games: Goals - 0; Assists - 1; Points - 4
Shootout Goals-Attempts: 0-0

2007-08 GAME HIGHS:
Goals: 1; 8 Times, Last - Mar. 15/08 at Phoenix
Assists: 2; Mar. 22/08 vs Colorado
Points: 2; 4 Times, Last - Mar. 22/08 vs Colorado (0-2-2)br>PIM: 6; Twice, Last - Apr. 3/08 at Vancouver
Shots: 6; Mar. 16/08 at San Jose
Plus/Minus: +3; 3 Times, Last - Mar. 18/08 vs Phoenix
Ice Time: 33:55; Jan. 24/08 at Florida
Hits: 4; Twice, Last - Feb. 9/08 at Calgary
Blocked Shots: 3; 3 Times, Last - Mar. 7/08 at Columbus

2007-08 NOTES:
Scored 8-18-26 with 56 PIM and was -5 in 63 GP.
Scored points in 21 of 63 GP and was plus or even in 40 of 63 GP.
Scored points (1-9-10) in 8 of last 20 games (Feb. 24-Apr. 3).
Scored season-high two assists vs Colorado (Mar. 22) for 4th multiple point game.
Scored PPA vs Phoenix (Mar. 18) & 1-1-2 at Phoenix (Mar. 15) for 3rd multiple point game.
Had a two-game scoring streak (0-2-2; Mar. 9-11) ended when he did not play at Colorado (Mar. 13) due to the flu.
Scored PPA vs St. Louis (Mar. 11), PPA at Chicago (Mar. 9), vs Los Angeles (Feb. 28) & vs Colorado (Feb. 24).
Scored 1-1-2 vs Chicago (Feb. 6) for 2nd multiple point game of season.
Led Oilers with a season-high 33:55 at Florida (Jan. 24). Led Oilers in ice time 32 times.
Returned to the lineup at Tampa Bay (Jan. 22) & scored a PPA after missing 2 games (Jan. 18-20) due to a groin strain.
Returned to the lineup at St. Louis (Jan. 2) & scored an assist after missing 1 game (Dec. 31) with a bruised back suffered at Minnesota (Dec. 29).
Assisted on Ales Hemsky's GWG vs NY Islanders (Jan. 7).
Scored SHG at Minnesota (Dec. 29), assist vs Anaheim (Dec. 27) & 5th goal of season vs New Jersey (Dec. 21).
Had a three-game scoring streak (2-2-4; Dec. 2-5) ended vs St. Louis (Dec. 7).
Scored an assist vs Pittsburgh (Dec. 5), 1-1-2 at LA (Dec. 3) for 1st multiple point game & scored PPG at Anaheim (Dec. 2).
Returned to the lineup vs Colorado (Nov. 22) after missing 13 games (Oct. 23-Nov. 20) with a right knee injury. Had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 26.
Scored GWG vs Philadelphia (Oct. 6/07) for his 1st career Oilers goal & point.
Made Oilers debut vs San Jose (Oct. 4/07) & was scoreless & even in 24:37.
MILESTONES:
Needs 34 PIM for 300th career NHL PIM.
Scored 100th career NHL assist vs Chicago (Feb. 6/08).
Played 1st career Oilers game (Oct. 4/07 vs San Jose).
Scored 1st career Oilers goal & point (Oct. 6/07 vs Philadelphia: Martin Biron).
Scored 1st career Oilers assist at Detroit (Oct. 8/07).
Registered 1st career Oilers PIM vs Philadelphia (Oct. 6/07; Delay of Game).
GAMES MISSED DUE TO INJURY OR ILLNESS: 19; 13 (Oct. 23-Nov. 20) - R. Knee; 1 (Dec. 31) - Bruised Back; 1 (Jan. 10) - Flu; 2 (Jan. 18-20) - Groin Strain; 1 (Feb. 16) - Hip Flexor Strain; 1 (Mar. 13) - Flu.
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