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Top Aleksi Heponiemi News

  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Grabs first NHL assist

    Heponiemi registered an assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Predators.

    Heponiemi made his season debut Tuesday and assisted on a Frank Vatrano goal in the third period. The only other point in Heponiemi's career was a goal versus the Red Wings in his NHL debut Jan. 30. The 22-year-old winger could get a longer look in the lineup now that the Panthers have a clinched a playoff spot.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Put on active roster

    Heponiemi was promoted to the active roster Tuesday.

    Heponiemi and fellow rookie Grigori Denisenko were both promoted to the roster from the taxi squad, suggesting one or both could see game action Tuesday in Nashville. The 22-year-old Heponiemi has one goal in three NHL games this season, but he hasn't made an appearance since Feb. 4.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Promoted to taxi squad

    Heponiemi was added to the taxi squad Sunday, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    Heponiemi hasn't seen any NHL action since early February and has tallied six points in six AHL games. The 5-foot-10 forward scored a goal in his NHL debut this season and could see some time in the bottom six again at some point.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Dropped to AHL affiliate

    Heponiemi was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Saturday.

    Heponiemi hasn't cracked the Panthers' lineup since Feb. 4 against Nashville, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. The 22-year-old rookie could be in for an extended stay with Syracuse.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Up from AHL

    Heponiemi was recalled from AHL Syracuse to the taxi squad Sunday.

    Heponiemi has posted four points through three AHL games this season. The 22-year-old will practice and travel with the big club while on the taxi squad.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Assigned to AHL affiliate

    The Panthers assigned Heponiemi to AHL Syracuse on Friday.

    The Panthers replaced Heponiemi with Owen Tippett on their active roster, so the former could be in line for an extended stay with Syracuse. The 22-year-old winger has picked up one goal in three games this campaign.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Plays hero in NHL debut

    Heponiemi scored the overtime winner in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Red Wings.

    The 22-year-old couldn't have found a better way to mark his NHL debut, as Heponiemi tapped home a cross-crease feed from Anthony Duclair to beat Thomas Greiss. A second-round pick in 2017, Heponiemi had six goals and 14 points in 16 games for Modo in Sweden's second division before the NHL season began, and he has the skills to work his way off the fourth line if he continues to capitalize on his chances.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Promoted to NHL roster

    The Panthers added Heponiemi to their active roster Saturday, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports.

    Heponiemi is expected to make his NHL debut Saturday, skating on the Panthers' fourth line against the Red Wings. The 22-year-old Finn struggled in the AHL last season, totaling just 14 points in 49 games.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Massive struggles in AHL

    Heponiemi has just a single assist through his first seven games with AHL Springfield.

    Heponiemi is just 20 years of age and playing in his first AHL campaign, so there's no need to slam the panic button here, but his play has been concerning. The lack of scoring aside, Heponiemi has just a single shot on goal in seven games, and that came in his most recent outing Saturday. In other words, the 2017 second-rounder (40th overall) went his first six games without registering a shot. The Finn is a former WHL Rookie of the Year who led Finland's Liiga in both assists (30) and points (46) last season, but he's also listed at 148 pounds and it's fair to wonder if Heponiemi is simply too slight to generate offense consistently on the smaller ice surfaces of North America.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Signs entry-level deal

    Heponiemi inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Florida on Wednesday.

    Heponiemi opted to forgo his final season of junior eligibility and instead play in Finland last year for Karpat. The youngster racked up 46 points in 50 games before adding another three goals in the playoffs. The winger will head back to North America and will likely start the year in the minors with AHL Springfield, though a call-up or two during the season certainly isn't out of the question.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Headed overseas

    Heponiemi will join up with Karpat of the Finnish league for the 2018-19 campaign, Matthew DeFranks of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    Rather than stay in the WHL, Heponiemi will take his talents abroad in order to further his development. The 19-year-old will likely face more difficult competition in a professional league than he would have by staying in juniors. Selected by the Panthers with the 40th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, the center will likely stay in Finland for the bulk of the upcoming season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 155 lbs
Birthplace: Tampere, Finland
Age: 22
Experience: 1
Shoots: Left