Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ville Leino
Ville Leino was born October 6, 1983 in Savonlinna, Finland. In 2007, Leino was signed by Jokerit. In his first season with the team, he broke the franchise record for most points in the regular season.

On May 10, 2008, Leino signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings and joined their affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock commented that Leino was the "best player" he had ever sent to the minors and thus Ville was eventually recalled from the Griffins on January 29, 2009.

Leino signed a one-way, two-year extension with the Red Wings on July 6th 2009.

On February 6, 2010 he was shipped by the Red Wings to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defender Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

Leino seemed to find his scoring touch in Philadelphia. During the 2010-11 season he recorded 19 goals and 34 assists, by far the best output of his career to that point.

In the summer of 2011, Leino was an unrestricted free agent and coming off his best NHL season, he was a hot commodity. On July 1, he inked a six-year deal worth a reported $27 million with the Buffalo Sabres.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2002-03 Ilves Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 26 14 21 35 24
2002-03 Ilves Tampere Finland 23 1 1 2 0
2003-04 Ilves Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 5 4 6 10 6
2003-04 Ilves Tampere Finland 54 9 15 24 26 7 1 1 2 4
2004-05 Ilves Tampere Finland 56 8 11 19 32 7 1 0 1 2
2005-06 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 56 12 31 43 65 13 3 9 12 4
2006-07 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 50 11 29 40 73 8 1 9 10 31
2007-08 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 55 28 49 77 18 14 8 11 19 8
2008-09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 5 4 9 6 +5 7 0 2 2 0
2008-09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 15 31 46 18 +2 10 3 10 13 10
2009-10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 4 3 7 6 -10
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 2 2 4 4 +2 19 7 14 21 6
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 19 34 53 22 +14 11 3 2 5 0
2011-12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 8 17 25 16 -2
2012-13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 2 4 6 6 0
2013-14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 0 15 15 10 -16
2014-15 Kloten Flyers Swiss 4 0 1 1 0
2014-15 Medvescak Zagreb (CRO) KHL 28 7 8 15 28
2015-16 Dynamo Riga KHL 39 3 9 12 8
2015-16 Vaxjo Lakers HC Sweden 17 2 12 14 2 13 0 3 3 8
2016-17 Vaxjo Lakers HC Sweden 44 8 15 23 14 6 0 2 2 2
NHL Totals 286 40 79 119 70 37 10 18 28 6


Signed as a free agent by Detroit, May 10, 2008. Traded to Philadelpia by Detroit for Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Philadelphia's 5th round pick (Mattias Backman) in 2011 NHL Draft, February 6, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 1, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring hip injury. Signed as a free agent by Zagreb (KHL), October 12, 2014. SIgned as a free agent by Kloten (Swiss), February 13, 2015. Signed as a free agent by Riga (KHL), July 21, 2015.
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