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Jani Rita
Jani Rita
Left Wing
(REETA, YA-nee)
Number: 28
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 206
Shoots: Right
Born: Jul 25, 1981
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Acquired: Acquired by the Penguins with Cory Cross from Edmonton in exchange for Dick Tarnstrom on January 26, 2006.
Drafted: EDM / 1999 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (13th overall)

2006-07: Tallied 52 points (32+20) in 56 games for Jokerit Helsinki in Finland…Added 28 PIMs and finished with a plus-24 rating…Added seven points (6+1) in 10 playoff games.

2005-06: Totaled three goals and four assists in 30 games in Pittsburgh in 2005-06. He came to the Penguins in the trade that sent Dick Tarnstrom to Edmonton on Jan. 26, 2006…He appeared in 21 games with Edmonton, scoring three goals and posting an even rating with six penalty minutes.

2004-05: Played for HPK Hameenlinna of the Finnish SM-Liiga helping his team to a third place finish in the standings…Was the second leading scorer for with 39 points (21+18) and 12 PIMs in 56 games and added 11 points (7+4) and 4 PIMs in 10 postseason games…Made his debut at the World Championship tournament in Vienna, scoring two assists in seven games.

2003-04: Third professional season saw him spend most of season with Toronto Roadrunners, Edmonton’s AHL affiliate…Recalled to Edmonton twice during the season and was scoreless in 2 GP for Oilers…First recalled to Edmonton on Jan. 28 and was a healthy scratch for 4 GP (Jan. 29-Feb. 4) before being assigned to Toronto on Feb. 5…2nd recall came on Feb. 16 and he made his seasonal debut for the Oilers at Detroit (Feb. 16)…Also skated at Colorado (Feb. 18) before being returned to Toronto on Feb. 25…3rd leading scorer for Toronto with 41 points (17+24) and 18 PIMs in 64 GP…Was a plus-7…Finished 3rd in goals and 4th in assists, while leading Roadrunners with 5 GWG…4th in both power-play scoring (4+7) and multiple-point games (8)…Had two, two-goal games – Oct. 13 at Hamilton & Jan. 14 at Wilkes-Barre…Tied with Jamie Wright for longest scoring streak at 8 games…Scored eight points (3+5) from Nov. 14-Dec. 13…Also tied for team high with three points in a game, scoring 2+1 in 5-3 win at Hamilton (Oct. 13)…Twice had 9 shots on goal in a game, Nov. 7 at Cleveland & Dec. 6 at Syracuse…Scored a goal and was +1 in 1 playoff game…Scored the first goal in Roadrunners playoff history on Apr. 15 at CLE (W. 3-1).

2002-03: For the 2nd consecutive season, he split time with both the Oilers and the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)…Scored 3+1 with 0 PIMs and was plus-2 in 12 games with Edmonton…Played his first NHL game of the season on Jan. 18 vs. Nashville…Scored his first career Oilers/NHL goal and point vs Detroit (Jan. 22)…Also scored goals at Montreal (Feb. 15) and at Detroit (Feb. 20)…Sandwiched between the two goals was his first career assist at Pittsburgh (Feb. 18)…Scored 2+1 during a career-high three game scoring streak from Feb. 15-20…With Hamilton he scored 48 points (21+27) with 18 PIM and was plus-12 in 64 games to finish 5th in scoring on the Bulldogs…Tied for 3rd in goals & 6th in assists…Reached the 20-goal plateau for the second consecutive season at Binghamton (Apr. 4)…Played in 100th career AHL game on Dec. 4 vs Manchester.

2001-02: Spent the majority of the season with Hamilton (AHL), but had one stint with the Oilers…Made his Oilers/NHL debut vs St. Louis on Mar. 2/02…Was scoreless and even in 6:09 minutes of play in his debut…Named the top minor league prospect by The Hockey News…Made his professional debut with Hamilton and was the 7th leading scorer on the Bulldogs roster with 42 points (25+17) & 32 PIMs in 76 games…Scored 4 PPG, 1 SHG and 3 GWG…Was 5th in goal scoring…Netted 12 points ( 8+4) in 15 playoff games as Hamilton advanced to the Calder Cup semifinals…Was 3rd in post-season scoring & led the Bulldogs in goals.


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