Iiro Pakarinen (born 25 August 1991) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player who currently plays for Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Pakarinen previously played in the Finnish Liiga with KalPa and HIFK and the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Edmonton Oilers.
Pakarinen in February 2015
25 August 1991|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
184th overall, 2011|
Pakarinen played in his native Finland from his youth level with professional Liiga club, KalPa. As a skilled versatile forward, Pakarinen was drafted 184th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. Unable to agree to terms with the Panthers, Pakarinen opted to continue his development in the Finnish Liiga with KalPa. On 3 May 2012, he joined HIFK as a free agent on a two-year contract.
Upon completion of his second season with HIFK in 2013–14 and scoring a career high 20 goals and 30 points, Pakarinen signed his first NHL contract as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers on a two-year entry level deal on 16 June 2014. On 1 December 2017, he was placed on waivers by the Oilers, and was then sent to their AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, on 2 December.
On 2 July 2018, Pakarinen left the Oilers and the NHL as a free agent, signing a one-year contract with Russian club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. In the 2018–19 season, Pakarinen made as positive impact with Metallurg, producing 19 goals and 26 points in 60 games.
On 2 May 2019, having concluded his contract with Metallurg, Pakarinen continued in the KHL signing a one-year deal with Kazakh based, Barys Nur-Sultan.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2014–15||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||39||17||11||28||20||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Pakarinen agrees to transfer to HIFK" (in Finnish). HIFK. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "Oilers agree to terms with Iiro Pakarinen". Edmonton Oilers. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- "RELEASE: Oilers Claim Nathan Walker; Place Pakarinen on Waivers". NHL.com. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
- "BakersfieldCondors.com | PAKARINEN ASSIGNED TO BAKERSFIELD". www.bakersfieldcondors.com. 2 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
- "Iiro Pakarinen in Metallurg" (in Russian). Metallurg Magnitogorsk. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- "KHL player movement tracker" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2019.