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Mikko Lehtonen was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has seen very little time playing for Boston so far. He was recalled from Providence in early November to fill in due to injuries but only played in one game with only one shot on goal. He also played in one game during the 2008-09 season with Boston, also with just one shot on goal.
Before being selected by Boston in 2005, the player from Finland played most of his career with the Finnish team the Espoo Blues of the SM-Liiga. He played for the Blues from 2004-2008. In 107 games he registered 18 goals, 21 assists and 36 penalty minutes.
The 22-year-old found more success with the Providence Bruins last season as he was able to net 28 goals with 25 assists and 39 penalty minutes in 72 games. Lehtonen has also played in the World Junior Championships representing Finland from 2005-07. In those three years he collected six goals, 10 assists and four penalty minutes.
Lehtonen stands at 6-foot-3-inches and weighs in at 196-pounds but it is said that it wouldn’t hurt if he became a little more built to withstand the full NHL season. He has a soft offensive touch and could very well be a top ten winger in the league within the next couple of years. He hasn’t played for Boston enough to really see what he’s capable of but if the injuries keep coming for the Bruins, then it won’t be long before we see Lehtonen on the ice at the Garden.