January 16, 1986|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
New York Islanders
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
16th overall, 2004|
New York Islanders
Petteri Antti Nokelainen (born January 16, 1986) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward who played over 200 games in the National Hockey League (NHL). He concluded his professional career in returning to his original club, SaiPa of the Finnish Liiga.
Nokelainen was drafted by the New York Islanders as their first-round pick, 16th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He played in the SM-Liiga for SaiPa in his native Finland, before going to North America in 2005 to play for the New York Islanders. Prior to Saipa, he played in Imatran Ketterä.
Twelve games into the 2005–06 NHL season with the Islanders, during which he scored a goal and an assist, Petteri suffered a severe knee injury. Many thought that this injury would sideline him for the rest of the year, but the knee healed without surgery and Nokelainen returned to finish the rest of the season with the Islanders. His knee still required surgery, which he had performed after the season.
On September 11, 2007, Nokelainen was traded to Boston for Ben Walter and a conditional second round draft pick. On March 4, 2009, Nokelainen was traded by the Bruins to the Anaheim Ducks for Steve Montador.
On March 3, 2010, Nokelainen was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Helping the Coyotes qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 7 seasons, Petteri went scoreless in five postseason games against the Detroit Red Wings. On July 1, 2010, Nokelainen was bought out from the remaining year of his contract by the Coyotes, releasing him as a free agent. Later that summer, Nokelainen signed a two-year contract with Jokerit of the SM-liiga. Nokelainen's season ended with a trophy, as Finland won the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia with Nokelainen scoring the game-winning goal in the final against Sweden.
On October 23, 2011, the Montreal Canadiens acquired Nokelainen and defenceman Garrett Stafford from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Brock Trotter and a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||New York Islanders||NHL||15||1||1||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||60||6||10||16||51||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod||KHL||26||7||3||10||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|World Junior Championships|
- "Boston Bruins acquire Petteri Nokelainen". bruins.nhl.com. September 11, 2007. Archived from the original on February 15, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
- "Bruins add Montador from Ducks for Nokelainen". NHL. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
- "Coyotes strike again, nab Nokelainen". NHL. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- "Coyotes buyout Nokelainen". Phoenix Coyotes. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- "Jokerit kaappasi Petteri Nokelaisen". www.jatkoaika.com. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- "Coyotes sign Nokelainen to one-year deal". Phoenix Coyotes. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
- "Canadiens acquire Nokelainen, Stafford from Phoenix". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2011-10-23.
- "Brynas recruit former NHL talent" (in Swedish). hockeysverige.se. August 16, 2013. Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database, or TSN.ca
|Awards and achievements|
| New York Islanders first round pick