Juuso Puustinen (born April 5, 1988 in Kuopio, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for HC Sibir Novosibirsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was selected in fifth round, 149th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Juuso Puustinen
CHL, HC Davos vs. IFK Helsinki, 6th October 2015 35.JPG
Born (1988-04-05) April 5, 1988 (age 31)
Kuopio, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Sibir Novosibirsk
Espoo Blues
HPK
Milwaukee Admirals
HIFK
JYP Jyväskylä
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
NHL Draft 149th overall, 2006
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

Puustinen played two seasons of junior in North America for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League before returning to Finland to begin his professional career in 2008.

Prior to the 2010–11 season, Puustinen signed a two-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators.[2] After two seasons with the Predators AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, Puustinen returned to Finland to sign a one-year contract with HIFK on May 25, 2013.[3]

Following the 2017–18 season, his lone season with JYP Jyväskylä, Puustinen left the Liiga and decided to pursue a career in the KHL, securing a one-year contract with Russian club, HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk on May 2, 2018.[4]

After notching 20 goals in his debut 2018–19 season in the KHL with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Puustinen opted to continue in Russia, signing an improved one-year contract with HC Sibir Novosibirsk on May 1, 2019.[5]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 KalPa Jr. A 1 0 0 0 0
2005–06 KalPa Jr. A 29 9 5 14 46 5 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Kamloops Blazers WHL 64 32 39 71 52 4 0 3 3 4
2007–08 Kamloops Blazers WHL 60 27 26 53 26 4 1 1 2 2
2008–09 Espoo Blues SM-l 53 13 20 33 14 14 1 1 2 4
2009–10 Espoo Blues SM-l 54 8 13 21 64 2 0 1 1 0
2010–11 HPK SM-l 59 26 12 38 46 2 1 0 1 4
2011–12 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 55 16 16 32 8
2012–13 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 73 15 16 31 14 4 0 0 0 4
2013–14 HIFK Liiga 51 23 17 40 42 2 1 0 1 2
2014–15 HIFK Liiga 47 15 12 27 28 7 2 2 4 2
2015–16 HIFK Liiga 50 13 14 27 18 14 4 5 9 6
2016–17 HIFK Liiga 48 6 14 20 42 13 6 6 12 2
2017–18 JYP Jyväskylä Liiga 53 30 21 51 44 6 2 2 4 2
2018–19 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 53 20 17 37 20
Liiga totals 415 134 123 258 298 60 17 17 34 22
Medal record
Representing   Finland
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championships
  2006 Sweden
U-18 Junior World Cup
  2005 Piešťany

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Finland U17 6th 5 5 1 6 6
2006 Finland WJC18   6 1 2 3 10
2008 Finland WJC 6th 6 4 1 5 12
Junior totals 17 10 4 14 28

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
CHL
Champions (JYP Jyväskylä) 2018
KHL
All-Star Game 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hanlon, Peter; Kelso, Sean (eds.). 2009–10 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 130.
  2. ^ Joshua Cooper, The Tennessean - July 16, 2011
  3. ^ "Contract status: Pusstinen transferred to HIFK". HIFK. 2013-05-25. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  4. ^ "Nizhnekamsk welcome Joonas and Juuso" (in Russian). HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  5. ^ "Opening transfers May 1" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. May 1, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2019.

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