Riku Helenius (G)
Drafted: 2006, Tampa Bay, Round 1 (15th overall)
Acquired: Signed three-year, entry-level contract with the Lightning on June 1, 2007
Made his North American pro playoff debut with Elmira (ECHL) at Trenton on 04/11/09â€¦Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Elmira (ECHL) from Norfolk (AHL) on 04/09/09â€¦Recorded 26 saves on 27 shots for second star on 03/07/09 vs. Lowellâ€¦Stopped 31 of 32 shots for #2 star honors on 03/06/09 vs. Lowellâ€¦Made 27 saves on 28 shots for #2 star honors on 03/03/09 at Bridgeportâ€¦Scored an assist for his first AHL point on 02/27/09 vs. Providenceâ€¦Stopped 42 of 45 shots for #3 star honors on 02/17/09 at Bridgeportâ€¦Stopped 41 of 42 shots and all three shootout attempts for #1 star honors on 02/15/09 at Bridgeportâ€¦Posted a 41-save shutout win in his first career AHL start for #1 star on 02/06/09 vs. Bridgeportâ€¦Made his NHL debut in relief on 01/30/09 with Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphiaâ€¦Recalled by Tampa Bay (NHL) 01/30/09 â€“ his first NHL call-up â€“ and returned to Norfolk 02/03/09 (Appeared in one game with the Lightning in relief without a decision (2SA, 2SV, 7MIN))â€¦Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Mississippi (ECHL) 01/22/09 & returned to Norfolk 01/27/09 (Did not appear in a game with the Sea Wolves)â€¦Made his AHL debut in relief on 01/02/09 at Worcester, stopping 11 of 12 shots (no decision)...Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Mississippi (ECHL) 12/09/08 & returned to Norfolk 12/21/08 (Appeared in 3 games with the Sea Wolves going 1-1-1 with a 3.53 GAA and .944 SV%)â€¦Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Augusta (ECHL) 10/16/08 and returned to Norfolk 11/30/08 (Appeared in eight games with the Lynx, going 3-4-1 with a 4.41 GAA and .874 SV%).
2007-08: Made his North American debut with the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)â€¦Was tied for 7th in save percentage (.915), 9th in goals-against average, tied for 10th in shutouts and 15th in winsâ€¦Selected by Seattle in the CHL Import Draft on 06/27/07. 2006-07: Missed the 2006-07 season after suffering a shoulder injury. 2005-06: Made his debut in Finlandâ€™s top professional league in 2005-06 with Ilves Tampereâ€¦Played in six games during the 2006 World U-18 Championships and won the Directorate Award as the tournamentâ€™s top goaltender.