2005-2006: Appeared in his first full NHLseason with the Stars, posting 31 points (11-20-31) in 79 outings...Registered his first career multi-point game with two assists on Nov. 4 vs. Chicago...Tallied a penalty shot goal (Nabokov) on Nov. 30 vs. San Jose...Collected a career-high four-game point streak (2-3-5)...Was selected to play in the Winter Olympics with Team Finland, but had to withdraw due to injury.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: In 2004-05, appeared in 35 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, notching eight goals and 20 assists for 28 pointsMissed 45 games, Oct. 15, 2004 Jan. 22, 2005, with a shoulder injury...In 2003-04, made his NHL debut on Oct. 8 vs. Anaheim and recorded his first NHL goal just one game later on Oct. 11 at Nashville (game-winner)...Also spent time with the Utah Grizzlies during his first professional season...Finished third in assists (23) and fourth in points (30) on Utah despite playing in only 48 games with the Grizzlies.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: In 2002-03, was named the Finnish Elite League Player of the Year after appearing in 53 games and recording 25 goals and 25 assists for 50 points with HPK Hameenlinna...Also appeared in 10 playoff games, finishing first on the team in assists (7), second in penalty minutes (29) and tied for second in points (8)...Played at the 2003 World Championships with Finland, recording one assist in six games...In 2001-02, ranked fifth among all Finnish league players in points (19-37-56) and was sixth in assists (36)...In 2000-01, spent most of the season with HPK Hameenlinna...Ranked sixth in goals (13) and sixth in points (24) among team leaders...In 1999-00, played 16 games in junior (11-13-24) and 39 games with HPK Hameenlinna (2-1-3)...In 1998-99, played with three different teams in Finland during the 1998-99 season.
PERSONAL: Lists his favorite band as Nirvava and his favorite movie as Gladiator... Enjoys watching Seinfeld and lists Chicago as his favorite North American hockey city... Considers himself a fan of Real Madrid FootballClub in Spain... Idolized Mario Lemieux when he was growing up... Grew up in the same town as former Stars center Niko Kapanen, and played youth hockey with Riku Hahl of the Colorado Avalanche.