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Western Central Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
34-15-8 76
35-18-4 74
34-15-5 73
29-24-2 60
29-25-2 60
26-24-6 58
23-28-4 50
15-38-3 33

2023 Stats

STATS A
Assists
P
Points
+/-
Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
TOI/G
Time On Ice Per Game
PM
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 9 16 -4 18:27 8

Top Artturi Lehkonen News

  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Seals win

    Lehkonen scored a goal on two shots, blocked one shot, delivered two hits and was assessed two penalty minutes in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.

    Lehkonen iced the game with 28 seconds remaining when he potted an empty-net goal. The tally gave him four over the last four games and seven points during that stretch. In 10 contests since returning from a lengthy absence due to an ankle injury, Lehkonen has four goals on 19 shots (21.1 shooting percentage), four assists, 11 hits, four blocks and six PIM.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Six points in two games

    Lehkonen scored a power-play goal on his only shot of the game and had an even-strength assist over 20:17 of ice time in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Lightning.

    Lehkonen appears to be back to normal following a lengthy absence due to a neck injury. He had one assist over the first six games back but has posted six points (three goals, three assists) over the last two contests. While he has been moved off the top line -- the result of line tweaking amid Colorado's slump -- Lehkonen remains an integral part of the Avalanche's lead power-play unit. Six of his 15 points this season have come with the Avs up a skater.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Four points in win

    Lehkonen tallied two goals and two assists in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the Capitals.

    After assisting on Ross Colton's opening tally in the first period, Lehkonen put Colorado ahead 3-2 with a goal in the second before adding another assist on Mikko Rantanen's power-play marker later in the frame. The 28-year-old Lehkonen would contribute a second goal and fourth point with an empty-netter in the third. He had gone six contests without a goal since returning from a 35-game stint on IR, posting just one assist in that span. The forward is up to 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 19 outings this season while skating in a top-six role with the Avalanche.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Back on top line

    Lehkonen had three shots, one block and one hit over 22:27 of ice time in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Carolina.

    Lehkonen, who was brought back at a measured pace after missing more than two months due to a neck injury, was promoted to the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. The TOI was Lehkonen's most since returning five games ago. Jonathan Drouin, who had been on the first line, was dropped to the second unit.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Picks up helper

    Lehkonen registered an assist and two PIM in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Devils.

    Lehkonen delivered a hit in the offensive zone and fed Cale Makar for the Avalanche's second goal. The helper was Lehkonen's first point in four games since he returned from a neck injury that kept him sidelined for over two months. The 28-year-old winger has returned to a middle-six role for now, which doesn't bode well for his productivity in a top-heavy offense. Lehkonen is up to nine points, 40 shots on net, 18 hits, four PIM and a minus-3 rating through 16 appearances this season, though he mainly saw top-six usage prior to his injury.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Getting acclimated

    Lehkonen had two shots on net and two hits over 16:05 of ice time in Friday's 5-1 win over the Kings.

    Lehkonen played his second contest since returning from a 35-game absence due to a neck injury. Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar plans to bring the forward along at a measured pace. Lehkonen's averaged 16:08 TOI since his return, two minutes fewer than his season average.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Returns to action

    Lehkonen had two shots on net, one block and one hit over 16:12 of ice time in Wednesday's 6-2 win over Washington.

    Lehkonen returned to the ice after missing 35 games with a neck injury and, naturally, wasn't given his normal workload. Colorado head coach Jared Bednar followed through on his pregame statement when he told Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now that he would ease the forward back into the lineup. Lehkonen skated on a line with Ryan Johansen and Andrew Cogliano and was not part of the top power-play unit.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Good to return Wednesday

    Lehkonen (neck) will be activated off long-term injured reserve and play Wednesday versus Washington, coach Jared Bednar told Brennan Vogt of The-Rink.com.

    Lehkonen will be drawing into the lineup for the first time since Nov. 9. He has three goals and eight points in 12 contests in 2023-24. In the long run, Lehkonen will likely serve as a top-six forward, but the Avalanche might initially use him on the third line alongside Ryan Johansen and Andrew Cogliano as a way to ease him back into the lineup following the 28-year-old's prolonged absence.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Return likely Wednesday

    Lehkonen (neck) will be available to speak with the media Wednesday, a sign that he'll likely return for that night's game against Washington, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    Lehkonen participated as contact-eligible once again at Monday's practice and looks poised to end a 35-game stretch during which he was idled by injury. "He's so valuable for us in all situations," Colorado assistant coach Nolan Pratt said. "Five-on-five, powerplay, penalty kill, so we're hopeful. He's taking strides every day, so hopefully he's back." Lehkonen skated on a line with Ryan Johansen and Andrew Cogliano, which has operated as the third unit lately. It makes sense the team would want to allot Lehkonen lighter minutes to start.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: May return Wednesday

    Lehkonen (neck) could rejoin the Avalanche for Wednesday's game against Washington, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    Colorado appears to have cleared the way for Lehkonen's return when the club sent Jason Polin back to AHL Colorado after Saturday's win over Philadelphia. Lehkonen traveled with the Avs during a five-game road trip and took contact in practices. He appears ready to return to what were roles as a top-six forward and member of the power play prior to his injury.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Could play on trip

    Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said Lehkonen (neck) could play "towards end of" Colorado's current road trip, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    The Avs kick off a five-game road trip in Toronto on Saturday, which will conclude with a visit to Philadelphia on Jan. 20. Lehkonen recently stepped up on-ice activity, including taking contact. Bednar confirmed that when Lehkonen is ready to play, he'll likely join the second line with Valeri Nichushkin and Ryan Johansen. The injured forward had been on the first line at the time of his injury, but Jonathan Drouin's recent production will keep him on the top unit with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Joining team for road trip

    Lehkonen (neck) will accompany the Avalanche on the team's upcoming five-game road trip, according to Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now. Following Wednesday's home game against Vegas, Colorado begins its road trip Friday in Toronto.

    Lehkonen, who hasn't played since Nov. 9 against Seattle, appears to be close to a return to the lineup. He was on the receiving end of some contact during Tuesday's practice, per Rawal, which is an encouraging sign. Lehkonen has generated three goals, eight points, 34 shots on net and 13 hits in 12 games this campaign. At the time of his injury, Lehkonen was skating on the first line, but Jonathan Drouin's been styling on that line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. That suggests Lehkonen could be part of the second line, where he started the season, with he and Valeri Nichushkin flanking Ryan Johansen.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Sheds non-contact jersey

    Lehkonen (neck) participated in Friday's optional skate wearing a regular jersey, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    This was the first time that Lehkonen worked out without the non-contact jersey, although it's unclear if he's ready to take the next step in his recovery or if it was due to it being an optional skate. Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar alluded to the forward wanting to take contact and doing all the drills a non-rehabbing player might do. Lehkonen just passed the eight-week mark in what was targeted to be a 10-to-12 week recovery process.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Participates in morning skate

    Lehkonen (neck) skated with teammates during Saturday's morning skate while wearing a non-contact jersey, Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    Lehkonen continues to make progress in his return from a neck injury. The injured forward just passed the six-week mark of what had been reported as a 10-to-12 week rehab period.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Still weeks out from return

    Lehkonen (neck) is progressing in his return from injury, though he remains 6-8 weeks from returning, Tyler King of the Denver Gazette reports.

    Lehkonen has already missed 14 games since suffering the injury Nov. 9, and he's expected to remain unavailable until late January at the earliest. Still, it's encouraging to see the 28-year-old winger return to practice in some capacity. Lehkonen has three goals and eight points through 12 games with the Avalanche this season.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Back on skates

    Lehkonen (neck) skated at practice in a non-contact jersey Friday, according to Jesse Montano of Guerilla Sports.

    Lehkonen has missed the last 14 games since getting hurt Nov. 9 versus the Kraken. He has three goals and five assists in 12 games this season. There is still no timetable for his return, but this is a good first step.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Out of neck brace

    Lehkonen (neck) is no longer wearing a neck brace, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    Lehkonen was seen around the team after Saturday's win over Calgary, but he isn't ready to begin workouts. "I'm sure as the days and weeks start coming by here, he'll get more into the working out and rehab stuff and do what he can," coach Jared Bednar said Saturday. Lehkonen is on long-term injured reserve and has been replaced by Valeri Nichushkin on the top line and by Tomas Tatar on the power play.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Dealing with neck injury

    Lehkonen's injury, which was previously just described as upper body, is a neck issue, coach Jared Bednar told Peter Baugh of The Athletic on Thursday.

    There's no timetable for Lehkonen's return, but he's on the long-term injured reserve list and consequently won't return until Dec. 5 versus Anaheim at the earliest. He has three goals and eight points in 12 contests this season. With Lehkonen unavailable, Tomas Tatar has seen his playing time inch upward over the last two contests.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Shifts to LTIR

    Lehkonen (upper body) was moved to the long-term injured reserve Monday, per CapFriendly.

    Lehkonen was already expected to miss multiple weeks, but this transaction will guarantee that he doesn't return until at least December. Jonathan Drouin and Tomas Tatar should see some extra playing time in Lehkonen's absence.

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  • Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Moved to IR

    Lehkonen (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, per CapFriendly.

    Lehkonen is expected to miss multiple weeks with his injury and his placement on injured reserve won't affect that timeline. The 28-year-old has three goals and eight points in 12 games this season. An update on his return date should be available in the coming weeks as he moves through the rehab process.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 179 lbs
Birthplace: Piikkio, Finland
Age: 28
Experience: 7
Shoots: Left