Veini Vehvilainen

Hometown:

Jyvaskyla Finland

Team:

Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-02-13

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Veini Vehvilainen appeared in one game with the JyP Jyvaskyla U20 team as a 16-year-old and split the goaltending duties with Juho Niku on the club’s U18 team. He had a 3.23 goals against and .933 save percentage in his only A Junior game and posted a 3.01 goals against and .918 save percentage in 25 games at the U18 level. Vehvilainen played for the Finland U16 team in international competition. 

2013-14: Vehvilainen played for the JyP U20 team and caught the attention of scouts playing for Finland in the Mac’s Midget U17 AAA World Invitational in Canada. He had a 2.89 goals against and .919 save percentage in 29 games for JyP and had a 0.67 goals against and .977 save percentage in two games for the Finland U17 squad. 

2014-15: Vehvilainen had an eventful draft year — competing at the men’s level for JyP-Akatemia in Mestis and playing with the club’s U20 squad and the Finland U18 team. Sharing the goaltending duties with 21-year-old Dennis Saikonen for Akatemia, he played 26 games and had a 2.57 goals against and .917 save percentage. Vehvilainen started four of six games in the playoff series against Hokki and was 2-2 with a 2.56 goals against and .922 save percentage.  In 17 games with the JyP U20 team he had a 3.09 goals against and 9.18 save percentage. Vehvilainen had ups-and-downs for the Finland U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka and Five Nations Tournaments but was at his best in the 2015 World Juniors. In seven games at the WJC he posted a 1.65 goals against and .949 save percentage, stopping 60 of 62 shots in a 2-1 loss to the USA in the gold medal game. Vehvilainen was ranked sixth amongst international goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft. 

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