Valtteri Filppula is a Finnish center for the Detroit Red Wings.
Filppula was drafted in the 3rd round in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He became the only Finnish player to ever play for the Red Wings in 2005. He spent two years playing for Jokerit Helsinki in the Finnish SM-liiga, winning a silver medal in 2004-2005. Filppula player four games for the Wings in 2005-2006, but pulled regular ice time in 2006-2007, when he scored 17 points over 73 games. He led all Detroit rookies in average ice time per game, as well as postseason scoring. In 2007-2008, Filppula scored 19 goals to finish with 36 points and a +16 rating.
Valtteri also played on the bronze medal winning Finnish Junior team in 2004.
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