Veini Vehviläinen

Columbus Blue Jackets
Photo courtesy of Liiga.fi

Fantasy Summary

A technically-sound goaltender who has played well in big games. Slightly undersized n comparison to NHL goaltenders of today.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country FIN
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 13, 1997
Height 6‘1”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 6; Overall: 173

Observations

June 2019 – Vehvilainen has won the Urpo Ylonen trophy for the second consecutive year. The award is given by the Finnish Liiga to the best goalie of the season. If it was not already evident that Vehvilainen has nothing more to prove in the the SM-Liiga, it should be by now. Having signed a two-year entry-level contract this month, expect him to compete for a backup role in Cleveland this season. Frank Pellegrini 

 

June 2019 – Vehviläinen has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets. It’s been reported that he’ll push for an NHL job in camp, but with five goaltenders signed, it’s likely the NHL or back to the Finnish Liiga for the 22-year-old in 2019-20. Cam Robinson

 

June 2019 – Vehviläinen was absolutely stellar in 2018-19. The 22-year-old netminder finished the regular season with a 1.58 GAA and a .933 save percentage in career-high 38 Liiga games. When playoff time came, he was even better. If the sixth-round draft pick signs an entry-level contract this summer, a backup role in Cleveland could be his to lose next fall. Frank Pellegrini

 

February 2019 – Vehviläinen went undrafted multiple times before being selected by Columbus in 2018. He currently plays for Karpat in Finland’s Liiga and has dominated there over the past two seasons. Last year, he won the Urpo Ylonen Award as the league’s top goalie. This campaign, he is sporting a stellar 1.41 GAA and a .941 save percentage.

The long-term future of Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets does not look promising. If he is traded or does not re-sign, we could see Vehviläinen suit up for the Cleveland Monsters as early as next season. His best-case scenario is that he follows the career path of Pekka Rinne. The reigning Vezina trophy winner (Rinne) was also drafted late as an over-ager and dominated the Liiga for multiple seasons. The worst-case scenario for Vehviläinen is that he enjoys a successful career in the AHL with some sprinkled NHL call-ups. Frank Pellegrini


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2012-2013 JYP U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 4.08 .879 |        
  JYP U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 3 2.00 .938 |        
  JYP U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 25 3.01 .918 |        
  JYP U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 1 3.23 .933 |        
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 6 4.10 .891 |        
 2013-2014 JYP U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 4 3.75 .862 |        
  JYP U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 29 2.89 .919 |        
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 2 0.67 .977 |        
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 1 8.45 - |        
 2014-2015 JYP U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 17 3.09 .918 |        
  JYP-Akatemia Mestis 26 2.57 .917 | Playoffs 4 2.56 .922
  JYP Liiga 0 - - |        
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 2 5.50 .841 |        
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 1.65 .949 |        
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 17 3.15 .909 |        
 2015-2016 JYP Champions HL 1 2.00 .929 |        
  JYP Liiga 28 2.04 .925 | Playoffs 3 3.70 .796
  JYP-Akatemia Mestis 7 2.92 .925 |        
  Finland U20 WJC-20 4 3.79 .838 |        
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 10 - .877 |        
 2016-2017 JYP Liiga 9 2.29 .912 |        
  JYP Champions HL 2 1.51 .943 |        
  JYP-Akatemia Mestis 7 2.45 .904 |        
  Sport Liiga 9 2.12 .923 |        
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 1.51 .931 |        
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 - .922 |        
 2017-2018 Kärpät Liiga 35 1.89 .925 | Playoffs 17 1.57 .933
 2018-2019 Kärpät Liiga 38 1.58 .933 | Playoffs 17 1.47 .939
  Kärpät Champions HL 6 2.34 .905 |        
  Finland EHT 4 0.98 .958 |        
  Finland WC 1 2.82 .897 |        
  Finland (all) International 5 1.73 .925 |        
 2019-2020 Cleveland Monsters AHL - - - |        

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