|DRAFTED:||NSH: 2004-258 overall|
|CAREER NOTES: Over the past five seasons, he leads all NHL netminders in shutouts (30), is ranked fifth in save percentage (.919), sixth in wins (152) and tied for seventh in goals-against average (2.36)… Is the franchise all-time record holder in career shutouts (30), goals-against average (2.36) and save percentage (.920), and enters 2013-14 just eight wins shy of the club mark in wins (153; Vokoun, 161) and seven games shy of 300 for his career… Franchise’s all-time playoff leader in games played (28), wins (13) and goals-against average (2.41).
2012-13: Tied for the League lead in shutouts (5), tied for second among all goalies in appearances (43), tied for fourth in starts (42), and ranked sixth in minutes played (2,443:46)… Led all goalies in penalty minutes (8)… Gave up two goals or fewer in 24 of his 43 appearances… Posted a shutout streak of 155:06 from Feb. 10-16, a personal best and the second longest in franchise history… Started 25 consecutive games from Feb. 19-April 9, the second longest streak of its kind in franchise history. Also made 30 straight appearances from Feb. 10-April 9, also second longest in franchise history.
2011-12: Finished third in voting for the 2012 Vezina Trophy and received the seventh-most votes for the Hart Trophy… Led the NHL and set a franchise records in wins (43), shots faced (2,153) and saves (1,987)… Tied for the League lead and the franchise record, in addition to setting a career high in games played (73)… Ranked second among NHL goalies in minutes played (4,168:52)… Paced all netminders in points/assists (5), joining Martin Brodeur as the only goaltenders since 1993-94 to lead the league in wins and points in the same season… Ranked among the Top 10 goalies in save percentage (seventh, .922) and shutouts (T-10th, 5)… Named NHL Third Star of the Month for January (11-1-0, 1.92 GAA, .935 SV%, 1 SO)… Named NHL Second Star of the Week on Jan. 30 and Dec. 19, the fifth and sixth times he has received “Star of the Week” honors during his career… Recorded a franchise-record 11 consecutive wins from Jan. 7-Feb. 4, equaling the longest single-season winning streaks by an NHL goaltender since 1998-99… On his 29th birthday (Nov. 3, 2011), signed a seven-year, $49 million contract, then shut out Phoenix, 3-0, that night. PLAYOFFS: Established postseason franchise records for goals-against average (1.81) and save percentage (.944) in a series during the team’s five-game victory in the WCQ vs. Detroit… Posted the franchise’s second playoff shutout, and the first of his career, with 32 saves in Game Three of the WCS vs. Phoenix.
2010-11: Finished second in voting for the 2011 Vezina Trophy and fourth in voting for the 2011 Hart Trophy (highest finish ever by a Predator in each category)… Named to the 2010-11 NHL Second All-Star Team, joining Shea Weber (First-Team) as the first NHL All-Star Team selections in franchise history… Ranked second among NHL netminders in save percentage (.930), third in goals-against average (2.12) and tied for sixth in shutouts (6). The save percentage and goals-against average numbers were franchise records… Started 42 of Nashville’s final 46 regular-season games, allowing two goals or fewer 28 times in that span while posting 25 wins, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage... Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Month in both January (8-3-0, 1.71 GAA, .947 SV%) and March (9-3-2 record, 1.91 GAA, .936 SV%, 2 SOs)… Surpassed 10,000 minutes played in his career on April 5 vs. Atlanta… Missed 12 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Ranked fifth among goaltenders in games played (12) and minutes (748) in the 2011 Playoffs, as well as sixth in wins (6)… One of three netminders to record a point/assist in the postseason… Backstopped Nashville to its first playoff series victory in the WCQ vs. Anaheim.
2009-10: Tied a career high and franchise record in shutouts (7), ranking third in the League... Posted a 12-4-1 record (second-most wins), a 1.96 goals-against average (third in NHL), .932 save percentage (tied for third) and four shutouts (first) after the Olympic break… Posted four shutouts in a nine-game span from March 12-27… Named an NHL Star of the Week on three occasions (First Star on March 22, Third Star on March 15, Second Star on Nov. 1)… In his 100th NHL appearance on March 12 at Anaheim, he stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 1-0 shutout… Named one of Finland’s three best players at the 2010 World Championships after ranking sixth in the tournament in goals-against average (1.68) and 10th in save percentage (.929). PLAYOFFS: Won his playoff debut in Game One of the WCQ vs. Chicago, stopping 25-of-26 shots to record the first road win in the franchise’s playoff history.
2008-09: Tied for fourth among NHL goaltenders in shutouts with a franchise record (7)… Ranked sixth among league netminders in goals-against average (2.38) and tied for ninth in save percentage (.917)… Finished fourth in voting for the Calder Trophy… Became the eighth NHL rookie goalie to win 29-or-more games in a season… Finished second in the league in shootout save percentage (.792, 19-of-24 attempts stopped), posting a 5-2 record… Named February Rookie of the Month after tying for first in the NHL in wins during the period (9-2-1 record, 1.72 GAA, .944 SV%)… Played in the YoungStars Game during 2009 All-Star Weekend… The first rookie netminder to record three shutouts in a single month (December) since Martin Biron in January 2000… Earned NHL First Star of the Week honors on Dec. 7… Started six of Finland’s seven games at the 2009 World Championships… Voted one of Finland’s three best players of the tournament… Ranked third at the World Championships in goals-against average (1.93) and sixth in save percentage (.926).
2007-08: Recalled from Milwaukee (AHL) by Nashville on March 22, and appeared in his third career NHL game in the regular-season finale on April 4 at Chicago… Led the AHL in wins (36), appearances (65) and minutes played (3,840)… The victory total tied an Admirals franchise record… Also ranked second in the league in saves (1,563), shots against (1,721) and tied for fourth in shutouts (5)… Played for the PlanetUSA All-Stars at the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic… Claimed the RBK XPulse Top Goaltender Award at the 2008 CCM All-Star Skills Competition.
2006-07: Tied for sixth in the AHL in both goals-against average (2.34) and save percentage (.920)… Returned to action on Jan. 19 after undergoing preseason shoulder surgery.
2005-06: Posted a win in his first NHL start on Dec. 15 vs. Chicago… Recalled to Nashville twice in 2005-06 (Dec. 14-18 and April 3-May 1)… Backstopped Milwaukee (AHL) to the 2006 AHL Calder Cup Finals, earning 10 postseason wins while posting three playoff shutouts… Tied for second in the AHL in wins (30)… Tied for fourth in the AHL in appearances (51) and fifth in minutes (2,960)… Posted a 5-2 record in AHL shootouts.
CAREER NOTES/AMATEUR: Helped Karpat Oulu capture Finnish Elite League championships in 2004 and 2005. Formed Karpat’s goaltending tandem with current Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom for both of those teams… Appeared in eight games with Hokki Kajaani (Finland-2) in 2003-04.
BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Peks”… Hobbies include tennis and reading… Favorites include Rambo (movie hero), Neil Young and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (musicians), Samurai Sushi (Nashville Restaurant) and Greece (vacation destination)… Most memorable hockey moments include winning a pair of Finnish League titles (2004-05) and playing in the Calder Cup Finals (2006)… His favorite player growing up was Patrick Roy… If he could trade places with one person for a day, it would be the President of Finland… Has two sisters, including his twin… Had his jersey taken aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on Mission STS-133 on Feb. 24, 2011 as a personal item of Col. Tim Kopra… Works with Best Buddies of Tennessee, who creates opportunities and friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
TRANSACTIONS: June 27, 2004 – Nashville’s tenth choice, 258th overall (eighth round), in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.