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JANI RITA #14
Right Wing
Born: Jul 25, 1981
Helsinki, FIN
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 206 lbs
Shoots: Right
Edmonton's 1st pick (13th Overall) in the 1999 Entry Draft.

 
Jani Rita #14
 OILERS' STATS:
 REGULAR SEASON STATS:
 SEASON:
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
 2001-02
1
0
0
0
0
 2002-03*
12
3
1
4
0
 TOTAL:
13
3
1
4
0
 PLAYOFF STATS:
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G
A
PTS
PIM
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* - Stats updated through March 11, 2003.
Last Season: In his first professional season in North America, played in 76 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs posting 25G-17A-42PTS and 32 PIM ...finished fifth in Bulldogs goal scoring ...scored first Bulldogs goal vs. Rochester (Oct. 20, 2001) ...named the Hockey News Top Minor Pro Prospect of 2002 ...netted 8G-4A-12PTS with 0 PIM in 15 playoff games as Hamilton advanced to the Calder Cup Semi-Finals …was 3rd in post-season scoring & led the Bulldogs in goals ...made NHL debut with Edmonton vs. St. Louis Blues (March 2, 2002) …had been recalled from Hamilton on March 1 …was a healthy scratch at Buffalo (March 4) & at Tampa Bay (March 6) before being returned to Hamilton on March 7
Career Highlights: At 2001 World Junior Hockey Championships, led Finland in scoring with 8 goals in 7 games ...Signed a three-year contract with Edmonton on July 14/01 ...Before coming to North America, played three professional seasons with Jokerit Helsinki recording 14G-15A-29PTS and 67 PIM in 140 games played ...Scored first NHL goal January 22, 2003 in a 4-3 OT victory vs. Detroit.
Jani scores his first NHL goal, January 22, 2003 vs. Detroit.
Scouting Report (TSN):
Assets: Has an abrasive attitude and solid build. Displays excellent two-way skills and versatility. Is an emerging offensive player.
Flaws: May not score enough goals to play a top-two-line role at the NHL level. Must continue to make adjustments to the speed of the North American game.
Career potential: Rita will be given every opportunity to thrive with the Oilers. One of the best youngsters in the organization, Rita could also take on a leadership role with the Oilers down the road.