Tukonen, Lauri

This Week's SM-liiga Scores

Tuesday (12/2):
Lauri Tukonen skated on Lukko Rauma's second line as his club fell 4-1 to Jokerit.

Thursday (12/4):
Lauri Tukonen was scoreless in Rauma's 4-2 loss to KalPa.

Lauri Tukonen

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Right Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.02
Weight: 
200
Born: 
09/01/1986
Age: 
23
Hometown: 
Hyvinkaa, FIN
Acquired: 
Acquired from the Dallas Stars in a trade on November 30, 2008
Last Team: 
Lukko Rauma (FNL)
Projects As: 
Top six winger

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2004
Drafted By: 
Los Angeles Kings
Round: 
1
Pick No.: 
11
Draft Team: 
Blues (FNL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
07/16/2009
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$500 000
Contract Start Year: 
2009
Contract End Year: 
2010
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$500 000

Bio

History: 

2008-09

  • 7/21/2008: Los Angeles Kings traded Lauri Tukonen to the Dallas Stars for Richard Clune
  • 8/26/2008: Signed with the Ilves Tampere of the SM-Liiga (Finland)
  • 11/30/2008: Dallas Stars traded Lauri Tukonen to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Andrew Hutchinson


2005-06

  • 8/23/2005: Signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a three-year, entry-level contract.


2004-05

  • 6/26/2004: Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1st round (11th overall)

Scouting Report

Strengths: 

Owns plenty of drive to the net. Likes to use his size in the offensive zone, and is strong on the puck at all times. Isn't afraid of mixing it up.

Weaknesses: 

Must learn how to play in control, so as to avoid serious injuries over time, and be more consistent. Needs refinement in his ability to finish off plays.

Projection: 

Top six winger.

Statistics

Lightning Trade Hutchinson for Tukonen

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that they have traded D Andrew Hutchinson to the Dallas Stars in exchange for prospect RW Lauri Tukonen.

Tukonen, who was selected 11th overall by Los Angeles in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, floundered for three years as a pro in the Kings organization before returning to Finland where he has played for Lukko Rauma this season, amassing 5 goals and 13 points in 22 games this year. The 22 year old winger was once touted as an up-and-coming power forward type in the Olli Jokinen mold, but his lack of intensity saw him score just 14 goals and 36 points in 62 games in his career season in the AHL, his rookie professional year in 2005-2006.

Hutchinson's departure removes a one-way contract from the Lightning's ledger. The defenseman has had respectable numbers in the minors, with 1 goal and 14 points in 20 games, but the emergence of prospect Blair Jones as the right-handed triggerman on Norfolk's power play was likely the final straw that made Hutchinson expendable.

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