JORI LEHTERA NEWS

Blues' depth at center kicks level of play up a notch for everyone else

ST. LOUIS -- More possession plus more playmakers equals more scoring opportunities and fewer chances for opponents. That formula offers the simplest explanation of what the Blues are hoping to get from their newfound depth at center. The offseason additions of Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera should make things even better for a team that posted a +57 goal differential in the 2013...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Arrival of Jori Lehtera provides Blues with valuable depth at center

Paul Stastny may have gotten most of the attention this offseason as the sure thing to improve the Blues' depth at center, but Jori Lehtera will be the group's most intriguing X-factor. His long-awaited NHL debut brings plenty of promise, considering all the success the 26-year-old from Finland had in the KHL the last four seasons. Lehtera had 44 points in 48 games a year...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Arrival of Jori Lehtera provides Blues with valuable depth at center

ST. LOUIS -- Paul Stastny may have gotten most of the attention this offseason as the sure thing to improve the Blues' depth at center, but Jori Lehtera will be the group's most intriguing X-factor. His long-awaited NHL debut brings plenty of promise, considering all the success the 26-year-old from Finland had in the KHL the last four seasons. Lehtera had 44 points in 48...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Preview: Rookies

For the first time in my fantasy previews, I’ve done some research on the top rookies entering this season and I’ve compiled them into another list ranking them by their fantasy potential. In this year’s rookie scene, everyone is saying the Calder battle will be probably end in Kuznetsov against Drouin. However, don’t forget Jori Lehtera, […] The post 2015 Fantasy Preview...
Via Two Pad Stack
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jori Lehtera is a fan of St. Louis grocery stores

As fans dissect Jori Lehtera’s skill on the ice and eagerly try to predict what he will bring to the table for the St. Louis Blues, the Finnish forward is quietly adjusting to life in St. Louis. In an interview seen on the team’s website, Lehtera revealed what he’s enjoying about in St. Louis as well as one other interesting piece of information. In regards to St. Louis grocery...
Via Frozen Notes
18 days ago  |  Discuss

St Louis Blues Depth Chart 2014 2015

St Louis Blues C 1. Paul Stastny  2. David Backes  3. Patrik Berglund  4. Jori Lehtera  5. Maxim Lapierre  L 1. Alexander Steen  2. Jaden Schwartz  3. Steve Ott  4. Joakim Lindstrom  5. Magnus Paajarvi  6. Peter Mueller  R 1. T.J. Oshie  2. Vladimir Tarasenko ...
Via Hockey Trades | NHL Trade Rumors
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Lehtera finally ready to make his NHL debut

On July 1, the opening day of free agency in the NHL, the Blues made a surprise signing. No, not Paul Stastny, perhaps the most sought-after player in the pool, whom the Blues did rein in with a four-year, $28 million contract. Stastny wasn’t necessarily a surprise, though, because the Blues’ interest was clear and the center had kept the club atop his list. The signing that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Review and Preview: St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues are tired of losing to championship-caliber teams and now seek to make sweet music in the postseason. #128794346 / gettyimages.comST. LOUIS BLUES ReviewRoster Changes: In: C Paul Stastny (from Colorado), C Jori Lehtera (from KHL Novosobirsk), C Joakim Lindstrom (from Elitserien Skelleftea), D Carl Gunnarsson (from Toronto), D Chris Butler (from Calgary), D...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
25 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues stories to watch in the early stages of 2014-15

The 2014-15 season is almost upon us. Training camps will be starting around the NHL and pretty soon the puck will drop for real in a hockey arena near you. If you’re a Blues fan, what stories should you be following at the start of a new season? I’ve already touched on a couple of them in an earlier article, but here’s a more complete list. Attendance The Tom Stillman era...
Via Frozen Notes
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues add center depth to already formidable lineup

There are a lot of great teams in the Western Conference, and it has been that way for much of the salary-cap era. In the past three seasons, no team in the West has won more regular-season games than the St. Louis Blues. Only the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins have won more in the NHL. The Blues have famously had very little success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs during this...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Good And Bad Moves In The Off-Season

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, Here’s a look at the best and the worst of hockey’s off-season: The Best St. Louis Blues The key here is that they added a potential No. 1 centre in Stastny, hurting a division rival — the Colorado Avalanche — in the process. In the tight Central Division, a move like that could make all the difference. Add KHL veteran...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s in store for Magnus Paajarvi?

Magnus Paajarvi had a pretty rough 2013-14. He tallied six goals and six assists over the course of 55 games and missed significant time due to injuries. Heading into 2014-15, Paajarvi’s role with the Blues is mostly undefined due to the Blues bringing in additional depth up front. What’s in store for him this season? For Paajarvi, it’s all going to come down to training camp...
Via Frozen Notes
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Offseason Winners: The St. Louis Blues

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports The Central Division of the Western Conference is arguably the strongest in the NHL – it is home to 5 teams (out of its 7 members) who competed in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, which represents more than any other division in the NHL. But don’t be surprised if history repeats itself next season. So far this summer, those teams from the Central...
Via The Sideline
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Brenden Morrow signs with Tampa Bay

The Brenden Morrow era in St. Louis has come to an end. The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Morrow to a one-year, $1.55 million contract. It was clear Morrow was on his way out well before the Blues signed Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera, but those deals only confirmed that there wouldn’t be room for Morrow in St. Louis in 2014-15. Morrow deal with TB: $1.55 M — Pierre LeBrun...
Via Frozen Notes
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

KHL less threatening than ever to NHL

The numbers don’t really add up, but they say an awful lot about the global hockey landscape right now. Petri Kontiola’s new one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs is worth $1.1 million — a tidy sum until you factor in that he paid a little more than $600,000 to orchestrate his exit from the Russian-based KHL. As a result, he’ll essentially be playing for less than...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Central Division Getting Stronger

#488494273 / gettyimages.com The NHL Central Division sent five teams to the playoffs and were the only division in hockey that had all teams finish the season over .500. With that said, you could surely make the argument that it’s the best division in hockey and that division just may be getting stronger. With the Pacific Division sending at least three teams to the playoffs...
Via Beyond The Benches
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Two big questions remain for the St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues addressed a glaring issue when they signed both Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera. The team’s offense looks the best its looked in years and the Blues finally have depth down the middle of the ice. While there will probably be some additional tinkering with the forwards (Berglund trade, anyone?), fans should be confident with the names on the roster. The Blues...
Via Frozen Notes
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues come to terms with Finnish center Jori Lehtera on two-year deal

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues opened the free agency period by signing center Jori Lehtera, their third-round draft pick in 2008, to a two-year contract. Lehtera, 26, has yet to play in the NHL. The Finland native spent the past four seasons in Russia's KHL, including the past three years with Novosibirsk Sibir. He was a teammate and linemate of Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko in...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues Sign 2008 Draft Pick Lehtera by   Colin Fitts

  Jori Lehtera is a nice insurance signing for the Blues. Drafted by the Blues in 2008. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2014 For their first move of the day, the St. Louis Blues elected to sign someone already in their system. Center Jori Lehtera was signed to a two-year deal by the club. Lehtera was drafted by the [...]
Via The Hockey House
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Lokomotiv Team Remembered

Today marks the two year anniversary of the tragic accident which took so many lives from the hockey world.   Lokomotiv 7.9 RIP pic.twitter.com/lWE91JPqCZ — Jori Lehtera (@Lempaalanpoika) September 7, 2013
Via Kukla's Korner
September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Jori Lehtera’s decision to stay in KHL is big missed opportunity for Blues

While many St. Louis Blues fans are hoping that general manager Doug Armstrong is able to find a sniper who can find the back of the net, others, such as this gentleman writing this column, feel that the team’s biggest need is a play-making center. Unfortunately, play-making centers are not easy to come by and are often quite expensive, especially in a free agency year where the...
Via STLSportsMinute
June 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Jori Lehtera signs a deal to stay in the KHL

St. Louis Blues prospect Jori Lehtera has made his decision. The Blues' third-round selection in the 2008 NHL Draft has decided to stay in the KHL by signing a two-year deal with HC Sibir Novosibirsk, as reported by Andy Strickland.  There was some belief that Lehtera might try to make the jump to the NHL for the 2013-14 season, giving the Blues another option up the middle...
Via Frozen Notes
June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

He (Doesn't) Shoot, He Scores!

After months of being locked out, the NHL is finally almost ready to resume play. For those puckheads who can't wait until Saturday, here is some hot ice action from Mother Russia and the KHL All Star game where Jori Lehtera shows off during the shoot-out contest.  Normally players like to take their best whack at the puck, but the Finnish centerman goes a different route...
Via The Slanch Report
January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Unbelievable KHL All-Star Penalty Shot

Jori Lehtera put an end to the “you miss 100% of the shots you never take” motivational garbage. Lehtera took a gamble and scored on goaltender Rastislav Staňa during the 2013 KHL All-Star Game in Chelyabinsk on Sunday without even shooting the puck. Watch the video and imagine how foolish Rastislav Staňa must have felt [...]
Via 3:10 To Overtime
January 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Awesome Penalty Shot by Jori Lehtera in KHL All-Star Game (Video)

The NHL is starting their 48-game schedule on January 19, 2013 and ending on April 27, 2013, with no inter-conference games.  So this is clearly the last time I will have a chance to post something about hockey that isn't happening in the NHL.  Check out this crazy penalty shot goal during the Kontinental Hockey League All-Star game.  Finnish hockey player Jori Lehtera stunned...
Via Backyard Sports Blog
January 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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