Under the recommendation of now-departed Director of Personnel Jarmo Kekalainen, the Ottawa Senators selected Arttu Luttinen with their 3rd round pick, 75th overall. The Senators traded two draft picks to the New York Rangers to move up six spots and secure his rights. Luttinen was a long shot, but his game seemed well suited for the North American Style of hockey. The native of Helsinki, Finland is entering his final year of contract with Ottawa.
2001-02: Playing in the Finnish Junior A league for HIFK Helsinki, Luttinen had a tremendous year notching 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points in 24 games. He also racked up 60 penalty minutes and was a +9.
2002-03: Luttinen bounced around from the Junior A league to the Elite league in Finland with a quick stop in the tier II division. At the Junior A level, still with HIFK Helsinki, Luttinen scored at nearly two points per game pace (17 points in 10 games) and amassed a whopping 52 penalty minutes. He stayed with HIFK for the playoffs and tallied 10 points and 20 penalty minutes in 7 games. He was also a +6. Luttinen also spent some in the Elite league with HIFK. There he registered 8 points in 41 games in a limited role. Luttinen also played in the 4 Nations Tournament scoring one goal in 3 games.
2003-04: Luttinen spent the season with HIFK Helsinki in the Finnish Elite league after being recalled. In 50 contests, he scored 8 points. He played a limited role. Luttinen also took part in 12 playoff games for HIFK and was held off the scoresheet.
2004-05: Luttinen broke out with the powerhouse HIFK Helsinki, notching 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists). In an expanded role with more ice time, Luttinen also got back on track with his rough and tumble style of play, racking up 67 penalty minute and a +13 rating. Luttinen also scored his first playoff goal, but was held pointless in the other four matches.
2005-06: Luttinen took another quantum leap forward in his development, scoring 18 goals and 44 points, which ranked seventh in the Finnish Elite League. Although his linemates Tony Salmelainen and Janne Hauhtonen both out-produced him, Luttinen earned his own points as well. He also picked up 66 penalty minutes and a +17 rating. In the playoffs, Luttinen was a much bigger factor than in any other year. After 12 contests, he registered 7 points and a 39 penalty minutes. Luttinen also participated in the Rosno Cup, but was held pointless in three matches for Team Finland.
2006-07: After signing with the Ottawa Senators, Luttinen began his North American pro career with Binghamton in the AHL. Binghamton did not have a good season and it reflected on Luttinen’s production. He was a dismal –22 and scored 29 points in 74 games.
Luttinen quickly rose to star status in the Finnish Elite League after being drafted by Ottawa. The bulky winger has not only offensive ability, but also an edge to his game. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and works hard in all facets of the game. Luttinen is very suited to the North American style of game, being a notorious garbage goal scorer. His stickhandling and shot are solid but not spectacular. He can play physically and works hard in every zone.
Luttinen is still quite young and has the tools to become an effective checker at the NHL level. He will likely spend another full season with Binghamton to improve his game. Given the depth Ottawa has in their forward ranks, it could take several injuries before he gets a taste of the NHL.