Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

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  • DOB: 3/9/1999
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 217
  • Shoots: R
  • Years on Team: 4
  • Hometown: Espoo, Finland
  • Drafted: Buffalo Sabres' second-round selection (54th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft

ACQUIRED

Buffalo Sabres’ second-round selection (54th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. Signed a three-year, entry-level NHL contract with Buffalo on June 14, 2018. Re-signed a two-year contract with Buffalo on August 31, 2022.

LAST SEASON

2021-22: Spent much of the season with the Rochester Americans (AHL), going 15-14-6 along with one shutout in 35 games ... Posted a 2-5-2 record in nine appearances with the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) ... Missed all 10 of Rochester’s playoff games due to a lower-body injury ... Made seven straight starts from 4/13 to 4/29, posting a 4-2-1 record over that span ... Made his 30th appearance of the season against Belleville on 4/15 ... Posted his third 40-plus save effort of the season against Syracuse on 3/11 ... Made a season and career-high 54 saves in the 2-1 overtime win at Syracuse on 2/25 ... Appeared in his 100th pro game against San Jose on 1/06 ... Made five straight starts to open the month of November, allowing two or fewer goals in three of the five games while also posting a 2.02 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage over that span ... Named the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 14, 2021, after going 2-1-0 with 112 saves and one shutout along with a 1.68 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage in three starts ... Earned his first shutout of his AHL career with a 32-save performance in the 4-0 win over Cleveland on 11/13 ... Recorded his first AHL point with an assist in Rochester’s 5-3 home-opening win over Syracuse on 10/22

CAREER

2020-21: In four appearances with the Buffalo Sabres (NHL), posted a 1-3-0 record while also showing a 7-5-2 record with the Rochester Americans (AHL) ... Began the season on loan with TPS Turku (SM-liiga), going 6-3-4 with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 14 games ... Made three straight starts for the Sabres from 4/27 to 5/01 ... Recorded 36 saves to pick up his first NHL win in his NHL debut in Buffalo’s 6-4 win over Boston on 4/23 ... Became the first Sabres netminder to win his first career start since Mika Noronen on Oct. 5, 2000 ... Had started 14 of 17 games for Rochester ... Earned his first-ever NHL recall from the Sabres on 3/23 ... Opened the season with three straight wins for Rochester from 2/10-2/18 ... Posted an AHL career-high 43 saves at Cleveland on 2/12

2019-20: Appeared in 10 games with the Amerks, boasted a 3-4-3 record with 221 saves, a 3.15 goals-against average and a .874 save percentage ... Spent majority of the season with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, where he posted a 12-7-3 record along with three shutouts and 516 saves ... Led all rookie goaltenders and ranked third overall in the ECHL with a 2.24 goals-against average ... Ranked 10th with a 9.12 save percentage, the fifth-best mark among first-year netminders, and tied for fifth in shutouts ... Had three different three-game win streaks throughout the season ... Made three straight starts for Rochester from 2/15 to 2/19 ... Picked up his first win of the season with the Amerks against Syracuse on 1/31 ... Made 23 saves in his Amerks season debut in a 4-3 shootout loss to Cleveland on 1/17 ... Named to the 2020 Warrior Hockey/ECHL All-Star Classic ... Named the Warrior Hockey/ECHL Goaltender of the Month for November after posting a record of 6-2-1-0 along with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in nine appearances ... He allowed more than two goals on just three occasions, and stopped 22 or more shots in seven of his nine contests along with a pair of shutouts ... Named the Warrior Hockey/ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week of Nov. 11-17 after going 2-0-0-0 in two starts while recording in back-to-back shutouts ... Earned his first professional shutout by stopping all 22 shots he faced in a 1-0 overtime win over Allen on 11/14 only to post his second straight shutout two nights later with a 23-save effort against Fort Wayne on 11/16 ... Made 25 saves in his ECHL debut for Cincinnati at Brampton on 11/02, a 4-1 Cyclones loss ... Missed the first 10 games of the season (10/04-10/30) due to injury

2018-19: Appeared in one game with the Rochester after he completed his first season with the Sudbury Wolves (OHL), where he posted a 38-11-2-2 record in 53 appearances, leading the league in in both wins (38) and shutouts (6) ... Named the OHL’s MVP and top goaltender ... Finished second and third among all OHL netminders with a .920 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average, respectively, while his 38 wins set a franchise record for the Wolves ... Compiled a 4-3 record with a 3.27 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in eight playoff games for Sudbury ... Earned his first professional win after stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced in his pro debut at Belleville on 4/14 ... Posted 11 straight wins from 11/23 to 1/16 with three shutouts over that stretch ... Made a season-high 46 saves at Niagara on 10/04 ... Opened the campaign with a five-game win streak, including a 23-save effort in his season debut against Oshawa on 9/28

2017-18: Posted an 11-11-2 record in 24 appearances with the LeKi Lempala (Mestis) ... Finished seventh in the league with a .909 save percentage ... Also played in one regular-season contest and nine playoff games with HPK Hameenlinna (SM-Liiga)

INTERNATIONAL: Helped Finland claim the gold medal at the 2019 World Junior Championship, posting a 1.80 goals against average and a .932 save percentage in six games ... Posted a 2-2-1 record at the 2018 World Junior Championship for his native country ... Went 5-1-0 while earning a silver medal at the 2017 World Junior Championship U-18 ... Appeared in a pair of games for Finland during the Hlinka Gretzky Cup ... Showed a 3-0-0 record at the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship ... Made his international debut for the Finns at the 2017 World U-17 Hockey Challenge

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Player Stats

Regular Season
SeasonTeamGPSAV%WLOTLSOLMinSHSAVGASO
2022-23 Regular SeasonROC90.8986300527265238270
2021-22 Regular SeasonROC350.900151462203211089971111
2020-21 Regular SeasonROC140.8887521817438389490
2019-20 Regular SeasonROC100.8743431610253221320
2018-19 Regular SeasonROC10.941100060343220
Total690.89532261144046209818772211