Player Profile: Anssi Salmela

Anssi SalmelaNUMBER: 29
HEIGHT: 6′ 1″
BORN: August 13, 1984
BIRTHPLACE: Nokia, Finland

Before Anssi Salmela made it to the NHL, his career started in 2003 playing in Finland. He jumped from team to team and picked up a couple of medals along the way. Anssi received a Bronze World Junior Championship medal in 2004 and a Bronze in the World Championship in 2008. We’re proud to say that Anssi played on Team Finland in this year’s IIHF World Championship and took home Gold!

The Devils signed Anssi in 2008 to a one year contract but didn’t spend too much time with us. He was traded to the Thrashers in 2009 and got him back in February of 2010 in the Kovy trade. He was re-acquired on February 5th, on February 8th he scored against the Flyers.

His first goal of the 2010-2011 season happened to be the game winning goal in overtime to get the Devils a 3-2 win over the Islanders in March. While he isn’t a top scorer, I’d say he’s pretty clutch in going against our rivals and that’s enough for me.

He’s just getting started as a Devil and I see a great career ahead. I’m an Anssi fan, are you?

2010-2011 Season Stats
48 1 6 7 -11 14 0 0 1 57 1.8

What do you think about Salmela and his career as a Devil? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Posted on May 24, 2011, in New Jersey Devils, NHL, Player Profile and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Erik Martinez

    I am a Salmela fan to. I think he is more than a depth guy. I think he plays Defense well and skates well to. I think Annssi has improved since returning to the Devils. I would like to see him on the PP partnered with a true offensive-defensmen and see what kind of offensive numbers he puts up. Great article!

  2. I’m an Anssi Fan! I remember that OT goal against the Islanders! It was my friend’s Bachelor party and we were cheering and chanting and having a great time in section 107! I also had the pleasure of meeting Anssi at the Players Skate in January. By the time I met him I had been skating for 2 hours, and I’m pretty sure I would have fallen had he not helped me stay steady for the photo! lol Nice article, Chrissy.

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