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Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’10"
Weight: 181 lbs
Birth Date: 11/23/1974
Birth Place: Turku, Finland
Acquired: NHL Entry Draft
Draft Team & Year: Montréal Canadiens in 1993
Draft Round: 1st
Overall Choice: 21th
Salary: $4.750.000

Scouting Report

Strengths: Great playmaking abilities, has good breakaway speed and is a
strong leader; he is team captain.
Weaknesses: Has tended to be injury prone over the years.
Projected Role: 1st line center


Saku Koivu was drafted by Montreal in the 1st round of 1993 (21st overall). Just 2 years
later, in 1995, he made his NHL debut at the ripe age of 20. He has always been a
consistent point producer, but injuries have set him back on a yearly basis. But Koivu
would’ve preferred any injury to what happened to him in 2002, when he was diagnosed
with cancer. Many wrote his season off, but he managed to return for the final 3 games of
the regular season, and led the Canadiens in playoff scoring. After playing for TPS Turku
during the lockout, Koivu returned to the Canadiens for the 2005-06 season and enjoyed
a relatively injury-free season, playing 72 games and scoring 62 points. Koivu’s
importance to the team was underlined in horrifying fashion when he was injured in the
third game of the playoffs in a collision with the stick of Carolina Hurricane forward, Justin
Williams. Williams’ stick hit Koivu’s eye and prohibited Koivu from playing for the
remainder of the playoffs. The Canadiens were unable to make up for the loss of their top
centre and captain and proceeded to lose the next four games and exited the playoffs.