Petteri Lindbohm
Image: Jokerit

Petteri Lindbohm

Hometown:

Helsinki Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1993-09-23

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (176th overall), 2012

Weight:

209 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Petteri Lindbohm played for Kiekko-Vantaa’s U18 team. In 31 games he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and had 34 penalty minutes. He was scoreless in three playoff games and had 24 penalty minutes as Kiekko-Vantaa was swept by HIFK.

2010-11: Lindbohm went from Vantaa to Espoo to play for Blues U20 and U18 teams. He represented Finland at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. In 41 games with Espoo’s U20 team he scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was plus-14 with 56 penalty minutes. In 13 playoff games he had 3 assists and was plus-6 with 12 penalty minutes as Espoo reached the SM-Liiga U20 finals. In nine U18 games (including 2 playoff contests) he had 2 goals with 8 assists and had 12 penalty minutes. At the WJC, he was scoreless with no penalty minutes in six games for fifth-place Finland.

2011-12: Lindbohm moved from Espoo to Helsinki to play for Jokerit’s U20 team and made his pro hockey debut playing for Kiekko-Vantaa in Mestis. He had 3 assists and was plus-2 with 8 penalty minutes in five games for Kiekko-Vantaa. Lindbohm skated in 41 games for Jokerit and scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was plus-15 with a team-high 98 penalty minutes. In 12 playoff games he had 3 assists and was plus-5 with 12 penalty minutes. Jokerit reached the SM-Liiga U20 finals, falling to Helsinki rival HIFK.  Lindbohm was ranked 46th amongst European skaters in CSS final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft and was selected by St. Louis in the sixth round (176th overall).

2012-13: Lindbohm played 35 games for Jokerit in his rookie season and served as a team captain for Finland at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Playing for the SM-Liiga’s top team during the regular season, he had 4 assists and was plus-3 with 61 penalty minutes; averaging 14:30 minutes of ice time. Jokerit lost to 10th-place Lukko in a quarterfinal series but Lindbohm did not play in any playoff games. In six games at the WJC he was plus-8 with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes. Finland finished seventh after winning both games in the relegation round. Lindbohm played six games for Kiekko-Vantaa in the Finnish second league; scoring 3 goals and finishing minus-1 with 4 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Lindbohm split the season between Finland’s Liiga and second division Mestis. After starting the year in Mestis with Kiekko-Vantaa he was loaned to Assat Pori before returning to his original club, Jokerit, where he finished the year. In 19 games with Assat he scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was plus-3 with eight penalty minutes. Lindbohm had 1 assist and was plus-1 with 18 penalty minutes in 18 games for Jokerit. He did not play in the Helsinki club’s preliminary playoff series against HPK Hameenlinna. Lindbohm played 13 games for Kiekko-Vantaa and scored 1 goal with 1 assist; finishing minus-3 with 12 penalty minutes. Lindbohm signed a three-year entry-level contract with St. Louis in March 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Lindbohm is a big, physical defender that has good offensive skill with the puck and has a hard point shot. His skating is average but needs technical development, especially his reverse pivoting, stride extension and overall speed. He is poised with the puck, can protect the puck well, moves well in transition but has a tendency to drive too deep to make a good offensive play. Lindbohm thrives in physical situations, is very hard to knock off balance and loves to play the body aggressively down low in the defensive zone.

Future

Lindbohm began the 2014-15 season in Finland — on loan from Jokerit to Liiga first-year club Vaasa Sport — before joining St. Louis AHL affiliate Chicago in October 2014. He appeared in his first NHL game with the Blues later that month before being returned to the Wolves. Lindbohm has been an integral part of Chicago's defense corps in his first season in North America and has shown promise both with his ability to chip in offensively and with a physical edge to his game. While there are still aspects of his game that need to be rounded out before he can contribute on a consistent basis, his size and skating ability suggest he can be a valuable middle pairing defenseman at the NHL level in the future.

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