Valtteri Filppula AHT Top UFA

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Valtteri Filppula

Position: C/W     Shoots: Left

DOB: Mar. 20, 1984     Born: Vantaa, Fin

Height:  6′     Weight: 195

Selected by: Detroit Red Wings   Round: 8    Overall: 95    Year: 1998 NHL Entry Draft –

 

#51 Valtteri Filppula (C)

UFA C/LW Valtteri Filppula

Valtteri Filppula played this past season for the Detroit Red Wings.

Filppula would fall into the category as a top 6 forward with a decent skill-set.  He has decent size , works hard, has a good compete level while being versatile playing wing or center.

Valteri Filppula has played under a good coach in Mike Babcock.  He comes from a good system and that’s always something to consider.

Filppula is coming off a 5 year 15 million dollar contract and will be looking for a pay bump.

The problem I see right away with Valtteri Filppula is he is going to want to get paid for his 66 point season 2 years ago but his overall body of work doesn’t justify it.

This is why I don’t like July UFA season.  Good but not great players get over paid because teams and their fan base feel pressure to participate.

Stats
YEAR GP G A PTS +/- PIM      
2005-06 4 0 1 1 1 2
2006-07 73 10 7 17 8 20
2007-08 78 19 17 36 16 28
2008-09 80 12 28 40 9 42
2009-10 55 11 24 35 -4 24
2010-11 71 16 23 39 -1 22
2011-12 81 23 43 66 18 14
2012-13 41 9 8 17 -4 6

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