Toni Rajala (born March 29, 1991) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for EHC Biel of the National League (NL). He was drafted 101st overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
March 29, 1991|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)|
Oklahoma City Barons
101st overall, 2009|
Rajala began playing junior hockey with the Ilves Tampere system in 2005–06. By 2007–08, he had worked his way up to the Junior A level of the SM-Liiga, tallying 35 points in 33 games. Rajala turned pro with Ilves Tampere in 2008–09, tallying 5 points in 21 games during his professional rookie season in the SM-Liiga.
Rajala was selected in the first round of the 2009 CHL Import Draft (14th overall) by the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He joined the Wheat Kings for the 2009–10 WHL season.
On August 25, 2013, with the prospects of another season in the American minor leagues, Rajala opted to be mutually released from his contract with the Oilers and later returned to Europe to sign a one-year contract with Swedish Hockey League club, HV71, on October 15, 2013.
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
|2009 United States|
Rajala debuted internationally for Finland at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships, recording 5 points in 6 games as Finland placed sixth. The next year, he was named to Finland's under-20 team for the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and managed 3 points in 6 games; Finland finished in seventh place.
Later that year, in April 2009, Rajala competed for Finland at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships in the United States. He led the tournament in scoring with 10 goals and 9 assists and broke the previous point record held by Alexander Ovechkin. Rajala was selected as the best forward in the tournament, and was named to the tournament All-Star Team, helping Finland to a bronze medal. Rajala also represented Finland at the 2010 World Junior Championships which were held in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2009–10||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||60||26||37||63||24||15||4||3||7||8|
|2012–13||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||46||17||28||45||16||17||4||12||16||8|
Awards and honoursEdit
|George Parsons Trophy||2010|||
|WJC18 Best Forward||2009|
|WJC18 All-Star Team||2009|||
- "Brandon Wheat Kings CHL Import Draft". Brandon Wheat Kings. Retrieved 2010-01-09.
- "Oilers ink trio: Dubnyk, Arsene, and 2009 draft pick Rajala sign deals with club". Edmonton Oilers. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
- "Barons get 26 from Oilers". American Hockey League. 2012-09-15. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
- "Toni Rajala ready for HV71" (in Swedish). HV71. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
- Rajala starred at World Under-18 tourney
- "Best Players Selected By The Directorate" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- "Media All-Stars" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1.
- "IIHF All-Star Team U18". eliteprospects.com. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03.