Kari Lehtonen

Posted: January 13, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Dallas Stars
 

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Good:  Lehtonen, a 2nd round pick in 2002 by the Atlanta Thrashers, has excellent size and handles the puck extremely well. He is extremely quick and agile, challenges shooters, covers most of the net thanks to size, and is a confident ‘keeper when at his best.  He has improved his conditionning level after countless injuries hurt the early stages of his career. He covers the bottom of the net very well, and lets his glove hand do the rest.Despite injury problems and playing on a weak team, Lehtonen is an excellent starting goaltender capable of putting up 35+ wins a season. He  was a big reason the Stars started off 2011-2012 11-1, the one loss going to Andrew Raycroft. Lehtonen was the best goalie the Thrashers ever had during their short NHL stay, compiling a record of 94-83-17 with 14 shutouts. He led Atlanta to the franchise’s only playoff appearance in 2006-07.

The Bad: Because he’s so big, Ht: 6-4 Wt: 217, and because of his style, at times he can look a little slow in the crease area. He likes to play the angles, but can’t forget to rely on mostly just that aspect. He can also at times drop to his knees too early, giving the shooter time to decide what to do. Doesn’t do a good job covering the top of the net.

Awards

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Jokerit SM-I 4 3 1 0 190 6 0 1.90 .937
2001–02 Jokerit SM-I 23 13 5 2 1242 37 4 1.79 .941
2002–03 Jokerit SM-I 45 23 14 6 2634 87 5 1.98 .928
2003–04 Chicago Wolves AHL 39 20 14 2 2192 88 3 2.41 .926
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 4 4 0 0 239 5 1 1.25 .953
2004–05 Chicago Wolves AHL 57 38 17 2 3378 128 5 2.27 .929
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 38 20 15 0 2166 106 2 2.94 .906
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 68 34 24 9 3934 183 4 2.79 .912
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 48 17 22 5 2707 131 4 2.90 .916
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 2 2 0 0 124 4 0 1.93 .934
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 46 19 22 3 2624 134 3 3.06 .911
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 4 1 1 2 247 11 0 2.67 .899
2009–10 Dallas Stars NHL 12 6 4 0 663 31 0 2.81 .911
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 69 34 24 0 4119 175 3 2.55 .914
SM-I totals 72 39 20 8 4065 130 9 1.92 .933
NHL totals 285 134 111 28 16453 765 17 2.79 .913

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 Jokerit SM-I 11 8 2 623 18 3 1.73 .940
2002–03 Jokerit SM-I 10 6 4 626 17 2 1.63 .941
2003–04 Chicago Wolves AHL 10 6 4 663 23 1 2.08 .942
2004–05 Chicago Wolves AHL 16 10 6 983 28 2 1.71 .939
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 2 118 11 0 5.59 .849
SM-I totals 21 14 6 1249 35 5 1.68 .941
NHL totals 2 0 2 118 11 0 5.59 .849
GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 DALLAS
ON PACE 48 30 14 2 2800 0 116 1420 2.49 .918

Drafted: 2nd overall, 2002
Atlanta Thrashers

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