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Lauri Tukonen
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
198 lb (90 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
F. Teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Lukko Rauma (SM-l)
Espoo Blues
Los Angeles Kings
Nationality Finland
Born September 1 1986 (1986-09-01) (age 30),
Hyvinkää, FIN
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2004
Los Angeles Kings
Pro Career 2003 – present

Lauri Tukonen (born September 1, 1986 in Hyvinkää, Finland) is a Finnish professional right winger currently playing for the Lukko Rauma of the Finnish SM-liiga. He is currently a prospect in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

Playing career Edit

Lauri Tukonen was selected by the Los Angeles Kings as their first pick, 11th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He started his pro career with the Blues in the Finnish SM-liiga. During the 2003–04 season, he was the youngest player in the league, at 17 years old.

He then played for the Manchester Monarchs in AHL, earning a promotion when he was recalled to the Los Angeles Kings on February 21, 2007, and played his first NHL game a day later against the Vancouver Canucks. He was sent back to Manchester on February 23 and was then recalled again on February 17, 2008, where he was later sent back on February 21. In March 2008 he became an alternate captain of the Monarchs.

On July 21, 2008, he was traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Richard Clune. He played in his native Finland during the start of the 2008–09 season with Ilves Tampere. Five months later on November 30, 2008, he was traded by the Stars to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Andrew Hutchinson. He currently plays for Rauman Lukko of the SM-liiga.

Awards Edit

  • Bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in 2004 and 2006.
  • Named to the World Junior Championships Media All-Star Team in 2006.

Career statistics Edit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Espoo Blues SM-l 35 3 3 6 16 7 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Espoo Blues SM-l 43 5 5 10 10
2005–06 Manchester Monarchs AHL 62 14 22 36 20
2006–07 Manchester Monarchs AHL 61 13 19 32 30 6 0 3 3 0
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Manchester Monarchs AHL 62 9 26 35 24 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Ilves Tampere SM-l 21 5 8 13 22
2008–09 Lukko Rauma SM-l 14 3 5 8 2
NHL totals 5 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 185 36 67 103 74 2 0 3 3 0

International play Edit

Tukonen has represented Finland at several World Junior Hockey Championship tournaments, winning a bronze medal at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

His performance at the 2004 World U18 Championships bolstered his draft prospects, when he tied for first in scoring with 11 points and tied for first in assists with 6 assists. He led Team Finland in scoring, along with teammates Lauri Korpikoski and Petteri Nokelainen, also with 11 points each.

Tukonen scored the game-winner to collect another bronze at the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he placed third on the tournament top scorers' list, second in assists, and second in plus-minus rating.

International statistics Edit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Finland U18 WJC 6 5 6 11 10
2004 Finland U20 WJC 7 2 1 3 2
2005 Finland U20 WJC 6 1 1 2 2
2006 Finland U20 WJC 7 3 7 10 0
Under-20 WJC totals 20 6 9 15 14


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