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Kari Lehtonen

32-Year-Old Goalie – Dallas Stars

2015-16 NHL Stats

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25

L

10

SO

2

GAA

2.76

SV%

.906

2016-17 NHL Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

After serving as the top dog in the Dallas net since the turn of the decade, Lehtonen saw the Stars bring in Antti Niemi for reinforcements last offseason. The two thus formed a Finnish connection in goal for the Stars, nearly evenly splitting the action; in the end, they we...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 205   DOB: 11/16/1983   BORN: Helsinki, Finland   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #2 Overall in 2002   Show ContractHide Contract

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Kari Lehtonen Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $29.5 million contract extension with Dallas that runs through the 2017-18 season in September 2012.

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Kari Lehtonen NHL Stats
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  Goalie Stats
Season Age League Team GP W L OTL SO GAA GA SA SV SV%
2005-06 21 38 20 15 0 2 2.93 106 1123 1017 .906
2006-07 22 68 34 24 9 4 2.79 183 2075 1892 .912
2007-08 23 48 17 22 5 4 2.90 131 1560 1429 .916
2008-09 24 46 19 22 3 3 3.06 134 1498 1364 .911
2009-10 25 12 6 4 0 0 2.81 31 350 319 .911
2010-11 26 NHL DAL 69 34 24 11 3 2.55 175 2043 1868 .914
2011-12 27 NHL DAL 59 32 22 4 4 2.33 136 1739 1603 .922
2012-13 28 NHL DAL 36 15 14 3 1 2.66 88 1050 962 .916
2013-14 29 NHL DAL 65 33 20 10 5 2.41 153 1888 1735 .919
2014-15 30 NHL DAL 65 34 17 10 5 2.94 181 1875 1694 .903
2015-16 31 NHL DAL 43 25 10 2 2 2.76 105 1121 1016 .906
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Kari Lehtonen – Playing Time Overview

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2015-16 Time On Ice Stats

53:00

Average Time On Ice

On average, Kari Lehtonen was on the ice for 53:00.

Year Ice Time
2013-14 58:31
2014-15 56:53
2015-16 53:00

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2015-16 NHL Game Log   Kari Lehtonen
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Date Opp W L OTL GAA GA SA SV SV%
May 11 STL 0 1 0 9.00 3 8 5 .625
May 9 @STL 1 0 0 2.00 2 37 35 .946
May 7 STL 0 1 0 3.21 3 21 18 .857
May 5 @STL 1 0 0 1.94 2 26 24 .923
May 3 @STL 0 0 0 4.86 3 27 24 .889
May 1 STL 0 0 0 9.00 3 5 2 .400
Apr 29 STL 1 0 0 1.00 1 32 31 .969
Apr 24 @MIN 1 0 0 4.00 4 29 25 .862
Apr 22 MIN Did Not Play
Apr 20 @MIN Did Not Play
Apr 18 @MIN 0 1 0 4.14 4 24 20 .833
Apr 16 MIN 1 0 0 1.02 1 26 25 .962
Apr 14 MIN 1 0 0 0.00 0 22 22 1.000
Apr 9 NAS Did Not Play
Apr 7 COL 1 0 0 2.03 2 19 17 .895
Apr 3 @ANA Did Not Play
Apr 2 @LOS 1 0 0 2.00 2 26 24 .923
Mar 31 ARI Did Not Play
Mar 29 NAS 1 0 0 2.00 2 30 28 .933
Mar 26 @SAN Did Not Play
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Mar 24 @ARI 0 1 0 3.16 3 30 27 .900
Mar 22 @CHI 1 0 0 2.00 2 32 30 .938
Mar 19 NYI 1 0 0 0.00 0 27 27 1.000
Mar 17 TAM 1 0 0 3.00 3 20 17 .850
Mar 15 LOS 0 1 0 11.43 4 11 7 .636
Mar 12 STL Did Not Play
Mar 11 CHI 1 0 0 2.00 2 23 21 .913
Mar 8 @MON 0 0 1 3.93 4 28 24 .857
Mar 6 @OTT 1 0 0 1.00 1 24 23 .958
Mar 4 NJD 1 0 0 2.00 2 20 18 .900
Mar 1 @NAS 0 0 0 2.14 1 16 15 .938
Feb 29 DET Did Not Play
Feb 27 NYR 0 1 0 3.10 3 29 26 .897
Feb 25 WPG 0 1 0 4.62 3 20 17 .850
Feb 23 @WPG Did Not Play
Feb 20 BOS 0 1 0 6.10 6 41 35 .854
Feb 18 @ARI Did Not Play
Feb 16 @STL 0 0 1 1.97 2 22 20 .909
Feb 15 @NAS Did Not Play
Feb 13 WAS 1 0 0 3.00 3 23 20 .870
Feb 11 @CHI 1 0 0 2.00 2 46 44 .957
Feb 9 @MIN 1 0 0 2.90 3 40 37 .925
Feb 6 CHI 0 0 0 3.00 2 15 13 .867
Feb 4 @COL Did Not Play
Feb 2 @WPG Did Not Play
Jan 25 CGY Did Not Play
Jan 23 COL Did Not Play
Jan 21 EDM Did Not Play
Jan 19 @LOS 0 1 0 3.16 3 29 26 .897
Jan 16 @SAN Did Not Play
Jan 15 @ANA 0 1 0 4.21 4 35 31 .886
Jan 9 MIN Did Not Play
Jan 7 WPG 1 0 0 0.94 1 33 32 .970
Jan 5 @NYR Did Not Play
Jan 3 @NYI 0 1 0 6.32 6 44 38 .864
Jan 2 @NJD Did Not Play
Dec 31 NAS Did Not Play
Dec 29 @CLM 0 0 0 9.00 3 14 11 .786
Dec 27 STL 1 0 0 0.00 0 22 22 1.000
Dec 26 @STL Did Not Play
Dec 22 CHI Did Not Play
Dec 21 @MIN 0 0 0 15.00 2 4 2 .500
Dec 19 MON Did Not Play
Dec 17 CGY 0 1 0 3.16 3 27 24 .889
Dec 15 CLM 1 0 0 1.00 1 35 34 .971
Dec 12 @STL Did Not Play
Dec 11 PHI Did Not Play
Dec 8 CAR 0 0 0 5.66 5 30 25 .833
Dec 4 @EDM Did Not Play
Dec 3 @VAN 1 0 0 2.03 2 16 14 .875
Dec 1 @CGY Did Not Play
Nov 28 @MIN Did Not Play
Nov 27 VAN Did Not Play
Nov 24 OTT 0 0 0 7.50 1 3 2 .667
Nov 21 BUF Did Not Play
Nov 19 @WAS 1 0 0 2.00 2 35 33 .943
Nov 17 @BUF Did Not Play
Nov 14 MIN 1 0 0 1.90 2 24 22 .917
Nov 12 WPG 1 0 0 3.05 3 38 35 .921
Nov 10 TOR Did Not Play
Nov 8 @DET 1 0 0 1.00 1 22 21 .955
Nov 6 @CAR 1 0 0 1.00 1 31 30 .968
Nov 3 @BOS 1 0 0 3.00 3 39 36 .923
Nov 2 @TOR Did Not Play
Oct 31 SAN Did Not Play
Oct 29 VAN Did Not Play
Oct 27 ANA Did Not Play
Oct 24 FLA 0 1 0 8.57 3 11 8 .727
Oct 22 @PIT Did Not Play
Oct 20 @PHI Did Not Play
Oct 17 @FLA 1 0 0 2.00 2 26 24 .923
Oct 15 @TAM 1 0 0 3.00 3 33 30 .909
Oct 13 EDM 1 0 0 2.03 2 28 26 .929
Oct 10 @COL Did Not Play
Oct 8 PIT Did Not Play

Kari Lehtonen: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he plans to continue deploying a two-goalie system comprised of Lehtonen and Antti Niemi, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Lehtonen conceded three goals on eight shots before being pulled for an also-ineffective Antti Niemi in Wednesday's 6-1 home loss to the Blues.

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Lehtonen will work between the pipes Wednesday night, facing the Blues at home in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.

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Lehtonen was fantastic in a 3-2 win against the Blues in Game 6 on Monday, turning aside 35 of 37 shots.

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Lehtonen will be between the pipes against the Blues for Game 6 on Monday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

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Lehtonen made 18 saves in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. He allowed three goals.

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Lehtonen led his team out for pregame warmups Saturday afternoon, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. As a result, heíll be the home starter for Game 5 against the Blues.

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Lehtonen made 24 saves on 26 shots in an overtime win Thursday against St. Louis, evening the series at 2-2.

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Lehtonen will be between the pipes in Thursday's Game 4 against the Blues.

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Lehtonen stepped in for Antti Niemi in the second period of a 6-1 loss to the Blues in Game 3, saving 24 of 27 shots that came his way.

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Contrary to previous reports, Lehtonen will not start against the Blues on Tuesday night. Instead, it will be Antti Niemi working between the pipes for Game 3 of the conference semifinals, Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News reports.

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Contrary to an earlier report, Lehtonen has not been confirmed as the starting goaltender for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Blues, The Dallas Morning News reports.

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2015-16

For a lack of better alternatives more than anything, Lehtonen once again saw one of the league's heaviest workloads in 2014-15, appearing in 65 games and posting a 34-17-10 record. His ratios (.903 save percentage, 2.94 GAA) were among the worst of his career, but on the strength of a high-octane offense, Lehtonen finished ninth in wins, the fourth time is as many 82-game seasons that he's eclipsed 30 victories. Still, Lehtonen's ongoing struggles between the pipes were a key reason why the Stars missed the postseason, and it drove the team to acquire former Sharks goalie Antti Niemi this summer to provide some legitimate competition in the crease. The two Finnish goalies possess plenty of experience and are set to make a combined $10.4 million in 2015-16, but both saw their effectiveness wane last season as their appearances began to mount. That could lead coach Lindy Ruff to deploy a timeshare between the two netminders to begin the season, putting a cap on the fantasy impact of both due to the reduced chances of compiling counting stats. It's possible that the Stars eventually ride the hot goalie as their primary option, but after posting poorer numbers than Niemi last season and prompting the team to bring in another expensive option in the first place, Lehtonen will probably have the shorter leash of the two.

2014-15

Lehtonen will be the man in Big D again this season. He had a couple of dry spells -- and yet another injury -- to contend with last season, but still finished with a respectable 2.41 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. The job is his to lose. He no longer has Tim Thomas or even Dan Ellis behind him vying for minutes. The backup situation, despite the acquisition of Anders Lindback, is unclear at the moment. The team also brought Jussi Rynnas over from Europe, and they're saying they won't commit to who will be the No. 2 goalie this season. Nonetheless, Lehtonen will be in net to start the year. And he should benefit -- at least in the wins column -- from an improved forward corps as well. There is a slight concern that the team has not replaced defense-first rearguard Stephane Robidas, though, leaving Lehtonen toiling behind a number of young players who are unknown entities. He's not in the elite echelon of goaltenders for your draft, but he's a known commodity and has a job that could allow him to pick up 60 starts. The injury risk remains, though, and that's the thing that will keep him out of the elite group of goalies. But he'll put up solid numbers for you again this season. Just be sure to have a backup plan if he gets hurt again.

2013-14

Lehtonen's well-earned reputation as a talented-but-fragile goalie from his Atlanta days appears to be well behind him, as he's proven to be a durable and solid goalie ever since he landed in Dallas. His GAA slipped a bit last season, but he kept his team in games for prolonged stretches of last season. An improved Dallas team in front of him should help and another 30+ win season seems very likely given his workload.

2012-13

Lehtonen continued his career resurgence last year, picking up 32 wins on a poor Dallas team and setting career highs in both save percentage (.922) and goals-against average (2.33). His injury woes have all but disappeared since arriving in Dallas and he's expected to be ready to go for training camp after suffering a minor knee injury in the World Championships right after the NHL season. He'll be asked to shoulder the load once again.

2011-12

Lehtonen appeared in a career-high 69 games, racking up a career high in wins (34) as would be expected. His 2.55 GAA was also a career best, despite an often suspect defense in front of him. It figures to be another tough year for the Stars overall, but Lehtonen's proved capable of handling a full load after a few years where he was limited due a litany of injuries.

2010-11

Dallas turned over the goaltending duties to Lehtonen following a late-season trade. A three-year contract and the departure of Marty Turco in the offseason further cemented him as Dallas' No. 1 biscuit kicker, backed up by Andrew Raycroft. Plagued by a back injury in recent years, Dallas feels confident that the injury woes are behind him and a 55-60 start season awaits if Lehtonen holds up physically. The Dallas defense remains a major weakness however, so be leery of a solid goals-against average and win totals, despite the increased workload.

2008-09

The Thrashers allowed 272 goals last season, which is the highest total in the NHL. Although the goal totals were high, Kari Lehtonen still finished with a 2.90 GAA and .916 SV%. He has proven to be one of the most underrated goalies in the league. The Thrashers have improved their defense in the off season, so look for Kari to improve this year. He would be a good pick in the mid-rounds of your draft.

2007-08

Lehtonen improved in his second full season in the NHL but only to post league average numbers in both goals against average and save percentage. Most of the blame probably is on the defenders in front of him who weren't great last season. Defenders aside, Lehtonen was also incredibly inconsistent throughout the year which would result in teams scoring in bunches on him. Never a good thing from a fantasty perspective, especially in head-to-head leagues. This season two vetern defenders are gone (Greg deVries and Andy Sutton) and the team is trying to break in some younger players on D. Both bad signs for Lehtonen numbers -- especially early on. Expect 30+ wins and slight improvement in his GAA and save percentage. Don't expect a good return on your investment because Lehtonen will not come cheap.

2006-07

Kari-mania hit Atlanta in a big way early in the 2005-06 season. The rookie netminder had posted ridiculous stats at every level he had played at and was expected to lead the Thrashers into the playoffs. But, as often happens, things didnít go exactly to plan. Lehtonen got injured in the first game of the season and managed to play in only 38 games all year. In those 38 games, he managed to pick up an impressive 20 wins but his goals against average and save percentage were 26th and 18th in the league respectively, not what many fantasy owners were expecting when drafting him. The good news is Lehtonen is a year more experienced and most importantly injury free. Also, the Thrasher management team quickly fixed some of its defensive shortcomings by replacing Jaroslav Modry and his often defensive lapses for Vitaly Vishnevski who should help give the Thrashers some muscle out in front of Lehtonen. Contract Alert! Lehtonen is currently still unsigned by the team but it appears nothing to be worried about and we anticipate both sides working something out before training camp.

2005-06

Itís not often you hear this much about a goalie so young (heís 21). However, Lehtonen may deserve it. In four games at the end of the last NHL season, Lehtonen had four wins and a sparkling 1.25 GAA and 0.953 save percentage. But remember heís still only 23 and has very limited NHL experience. The Thrashers also didnít give him the starting job, but were forced into the decision when their former number one -- Pasi Nurminen -- went down with a career threatening knee injury. Atlanta has Jani Hurme and the recently signed Mike Dunham -- who has put up some awful numbers lately -- to back up the young netminder and one of them should steal starts away from Lehtonen. He will be the starter this year and will be a top 10 goalie in a year or two.