|Assets:||An unselfish and gifted playmaker, he's a strong possession-type puckhandler with good vision and supreme passing skills. He's also a pretty versatile forward.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't shoot the puck nearly enough, which hurts his overall value. Not very big or fast, he can also be a liability at times because of his lack of physicality. Lacks consistency.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent but creative and versatile playmaker.|
|1/11/2014||Missed 3 games (lower body injury).|
|1/02/2014||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/27/2013||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|10/26/2013||Missed 11 games (fractured ribs).|
|10/04/2013||Fractured ribs, injured reserve.|
|4/26/2013||Missed the last 13 regular season games (upper body injury).|
|3/31/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/16/2013||Missed 27 games (leg injury).|
|1/24/2013||Leg injury, injured reserve.|
|1/20/2013||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|1/07/2012||Missed 10 games (lower body injury).|
|12/16/2011||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|12/10/2011||Missed 1 game (suspended by nhl).|
|12/08/2011||Suspended by the NHL for one game.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres to a six-year contract.|
|2/18/2011||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|2/16/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/06/2010||Acquired from the Detroit Red Wings.|
|7/06/2009||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Detroit Red Wings to a two-year contract.|
|5/08/2009||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|4/16/2009||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|4/15/2009||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|3/02/2009||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|1/29/2009||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/07/2008||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|5/10/2008||Signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a one-year entry level contract.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres.|
|2/06/2010||Detroit Red Wings traded Ville Leino to the Philadelphia Flyers for Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a 2011 fifth-round draft pick.|
|5/10/2008||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings.|
Ville Leino moves up to first line | 02/26/2014 3:15 PM
NewsVille Leino will play on the Sabres' top line Wednesday.
ImpactTyler Ennis is sidelined due to an undisclosed injury, so Buffalo had to make some adjustments. Leino will play alongside Matt Moulson and Drew Stafford.
Ville Leino draws back in and earns an assist | 02/07/2014 7:23 AM
NewsVille Leino got back into Buffalo's lineup Thursday after he was a healthy scratch for the team's previous two games.
ImpactHe skated with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford on the top line. Leino logged 19:10 of ice time and he earned an assist in the Sabres' 3-2 loss to Ottawa.
Ville Leino stays in the press box | 02/05/2014 1:35 PM
NewsVille Leino will be a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
ImpactIt will be Leino's second straight game in the press box. His six-year, $27 million contract turned out to be a big misstep for the Buffalo Sabres as he's consistently disappointed since signing that deal.
Ville Leino will play Monday against Penguins | 01/27/2014 2:38 PM
NewsVille Leino will play Monday night after he left Saturday's contest with an upper-body injury.
ImpactHe has no goals and eight assists in 33 games this season and he has no fantasy value.
Ville Leino leaves with upper-body injury | 01/25/2014 9:07 PM
NewsVille Leino won't return to Saturday night's game because of an upper-body injury.
Sabres on Twitter
ImpactLeino was the recipient of a big hit early in the game. He played 6:23 before leaving, getting an assist on Matt Ellis' goal 2:21 in. Leino has just eight assists in 33 games this year.
Nolan frustrated with play of Ville Leino | 01/21/2014 8:26 AM
NewsVille Leino has firmly entrenched himself in interim coach Ted Nolan's doghouse.
ImpactHe centered the fourth line between John Scott and Matt Ellis at Monday's practice and he's likely to start Tuesday's game against Florida there as well. "We're looking for people that want to compete and want to work," Nolan said. "It doesn't matter what your skill level is. It's nothing with no will. We have to get him competing at a certain level. Some days he shows it. Some days he doesn't. You're frustrated with most people that don't do it on a consistent basis. He's showed some signs lately." Leino has no goals and just 22 shots in 30 games with the Sabres this season. He has collected just six assists and has no fantasy value right now.
Ville Leino ready to play on Sunday | 01/11/2014 2:01 PM
NewsVille Leino (lower body) is expected to return to the fold on Sunday.
ImpactHe has sat out the team's last four games. Just an FYI as Leino shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Ville Leino practices, not ready for contact | 01/08/2014 3:59 PM
NewsVille Leino (lower body) took part in Wednesday's practice.
ImpactThe downside is that Leino was wearing a non-contact jersey. He will not return to the Sabres' lineup on Thursday.
Ville Leino unsure if he'll play Tuesday | 01/07/2014 8:40 AM
NewsVille Leino (lower body) practiced fully on Monday, but he isn't sure if he'll play Tuesday night.
ImpactHe will participate in the morning skate before a decision is made on his availability. Leino has been on the shelf since Dec. 31 and he's been a major disappointment for the Sabres since coming from Philadelphia as a free agent. He has no goals on just 21 shots and he's produced six assists in 26 outings this year.
Ville Leino hopes to return Tuesday | 01/04/2014 1:45 PM
NewsVille Leino (lower body) won't play Saturday, but he hopes to return Tuesday.
ImpactHe skated hard in Saturday's optional session. Leino will a second straight game when the Sabres host New Jersey.
Ville Leino may be back with Sabres today | 01/04/2014 9:34 AM
NewsVille Leino (lower body) could return to the Sabres today when they entertain the New Jersey Devils.
ImpactLeino missed Thursday's game because of an injury he suffered on Tuesday. That's about the only good news on the injury front for the Sabres, who also are missing missing forwards Cody Hodgson, Drew Stafford, Cody McCormick and Kevin Porter as well as defenseman Henrik Tallinder because of injuries. None is close to returning.
| 01/01/2014 4:23 PM
NewsVille Leino (lower body) will not be available on Thursday.
Sabres.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactLeino is day-to-day beyond that. He sustained the injury during Tuesday's contest.
Ville Leino likely to miss games with injury | 01/01/2014 8:42 AM
NewsVille Leino is likely to miss some time with a lower-body injury.
ImpactAlthough the severity of Leino's injury hasn't been revealed, the Sabres are planning on calling up players to help adjust to his and defenseman Henrik Tallinder's injuries. In Leino's case, he was hurt during Tuesday's contest. He has struggled mightily this season with just six points in 26 games.
Ville Leino exits with lower-body injury | 12/31/2013 8:44 PM
NewsVille Leino left Tuesday's game due to a lower-body injury.
Sabres.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactLeino was questionable to even play in the contest after he miss Monday's practice due to an undisclosed ailment. He has no goals and six assists in 26 games this season.
Ville Leino questionable for Tuesday's game | 12/31/2013 7:15 AM
NewsVille Leino didn't practice Monday after he was banged up on a hit from Washington's Tom Wilson during Sunday's 2-1 shootout win.
ImpactIf Leino is deemed unavailable for Tuesday's contest at Winnipeg then interim bench boss Ted Nolan said he plans to dress Alexander Sulzer as a seventh defenseman.
Ville Leino skips Monday's game with the flu | 12/24/2013 6:04 AM
NewsVille Leino didn't dress Monday night because of flu-like symptoms.
ImpactThe 2013-14 season has been disastrous for Leino, who has no goals, six assists, 20 shots and a minus-6 rating in 23 games. He has one point in his last eight outings. Leino should be ready to return on Friday when Buffalo returns from the NHL's holiday break.
Ville Leino will dress Thursday night | 12/12/2013 1:24 PM
NewsVille Leino will get back into Buffalo's lineup Thursday after sitting Tuesday as a healthy scratch.
Impact"Certain players with a certain skill set, they have to play to that level," iterim coach Ted Nolan said. "You can't ask somebody at an A level to play at a B level. He has to use the skill set that he has. The last few games he's played OK but not quite good enough." Leino has no goals, five assists and just 12 shots in 18 games.
Ville Leino will be a healthy scratch Tuesday | 12/10/2013 4:36 PM
NewsVille Leino will spend Tuesday's game in the press box.
ImpactIt's hard to blame Sabres coach Ted Nolan given that Leino has no goals and five assists in 18 games this season. "Certain players with a certain skill set, they have to bring it," Nolan said. "And if you're not going to play as well as you can, sometimes it's better off to sit and observe for a while. And hopefully when he gets back in here, he plays the way he's capable of playing." Leino certainly might bounce back, but he's not worth taking a chance on in standard leagues at this time.
No goals yet for Buffalo's Ville Leino | 12/04/2013 6:39 AM
NewsVille Leino doesn't have a goal in 16 games this year.
ImpactHe has contributed five assists during that time and two of them came in last Friday's win over Toronto. Leino was recently moved to center to try to give him the puck more, but it hasn't led to more shots or any goals for the offensively starved Sabres.
Leino plays center on Sabres' second line | 11/16/2013 9:42 AM
NewsVille Leino centered the Sabres' second line Friday night against Toronto.
ImpactHe skated between Steve Ott and Tyler Ennis. Ott had a dominating game and Ennis is much more confortable on the wing than he is at center. Look for this line to stay together in the near term, making Leino an interesting player to watch. This unit could be surprisingly effective going forward.
Ville Leino gets put back in Sabres' lineup | 11/12/2013 5:41 PM
NewsVille Leino will be reinserted back into the Sabres' lineup on Tuesday.
ImpactLeino spent Friday's game in the press box, although coach Ron Rolston didn't speak to him specifically about the decision. "There's no point in guessing," Leino said. "I don't think it really matters at this point." Leino has just one point in seven games this season.
Can't blame Leino for 6-2 loss to Ducks | 11/09/2013 9:08 AM
NewsVille Leino was a healthy scratch against the Ducks Friday night.
ImpactWell at least he can't be blamed for that terrible 6-2 effort in Anaheim. Mikhail Grigorenko took his place in the lineup and scored his first two goals of the season. With the Sabres floundering as badly as they are, Leino is sure to get another chance to play soon.
Ville Leino picks up an assist in return | 10/27/2013 9:19 AM
NewsVille Leino had an assist in his return from cracked ribs.
ImpactLeino was limited to just 9:56 minutes of ice time, but his responsibilities should increase now that he's had an opportunity to shake off some of the rust. This was his first game since Oct. 2.
| 10/27/2013 2:09 AM
NewsVille Leino was activated from the IL on Saturday October 26.
Ville Leino (rib) might return Saturday night | 10/26/2013 3:02 PM
NewsVille Leino (rib) could be in the lineup for Buffalo on Saturday night.
ImpactHe said he is "feeling good" and that his broken rib isn't giving him any issues. Leino is a "possibility" to play against the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to coach Ron Rolston. "He's obviously a veteran presence here," Rolston said. "He's got the ability to create offense and control the puck, so it'll be a help, but he hasn't played for a while, too, so it's going to take him a bit, I'm sure." Leino has been sidelined since Oct. 2 and the Sabres would need to open a roster spot to take him off injured reserve.
Ville Leino out at least two more games | 10/25/2013 2:43 PM
NewsVille Leino (ribs) will not return on Friday or Saturday.
ImpactLeino is still a possibility to play on Monday. "It's basically about him getting back in shape now, and being comfortable doing what he's gotta do when he's playing," said Sabres coach Ron Rolston. "That's taking hits and getting hit. And if he's gonna have the puck he's gonna get hit. So he's gotta be ready for that and comfortable with that, so it's probably going to be next week." Leino has only played in one game this season.
Ville Leino (rib) will travel with the Sabres | 10/25/2013 8:20 AM
NewsVille Leino (rib) will travel with the Sabres.
ImpactHe's still being evaluated but he could be close to returning. Leino hasn't played since Oct. 2 because of a cracked rib.
Ville Leino takes part in Monday's practice | 10/22/2013 7:03 AM
NewsVille Leino (cracked rib) fully took part in Monday's practice.
ImpactHe is hoping to be ready to return by the end of the week. "We'll decide on when he's ready," coach Ron Rolston said. "Obviously he's a veteran who can come back and help us for sure but we'll make sure he's healthy and ready to go." Leino was injured in Buffalo's regular-season opener.
Ville Leino out indefinitely with cracked rib | 10/03/2013 1:23 PM
NewsVille Leino is out indefinitely after sustaining a cracked rib.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactHe logged an uneventful 12:38 of ice time in Buffalo's loss to Detroit Wednesday night. Leino missed most of the 2013 campaign due to injury as well.
Ville Leino feels positive about '13-14 | 09/13/2013 8:45 AM
NewsVille Leino feels healthy and excited for the upcoming season.
Impact"New start, new coach. I'm playing right wing, which is my favorite spot. I'm healthy," he said. "Everything is going the way you want it to go at this point and I'm really excited to go back out there. It's a new start and almost like I didn't play for a year." He underwent surgery on his right hip over the summer and appeared in just eight games last year. Leino opened camp alongside Mikhail Grigorenko and Steve Ott. Even though he's healthier, Leino is still a very risky pick going into draft day.
Ville Leino (upper body) questionable Tuesday | 04/01/2013 8:30 AM
NewsVille Leino didn't play on Sunday due to an upper body injury.
ImpactSabres coach Ron Rolston described it as a "muscle strain" and is hopeful that Leino will play on Tuesday. Leino has two goals and six points in eight games due to a hip injury.
Ville Leino scores first two goals of year | 03/30/2013 10:08 PM
NewsVille Leino sniped two goals in Buffalo's 4-3 loss to the Capitals on Saturday night.
ImpactLeino's goals were his first of the season, which has been comprised of just eight games. Christian Ehrhoff had the other goal, while five different Sabers chipped in with assists.
Ville Leino 'highly likely' to play Saturday | 03/15/2013 7:32 AM
NewsVille Leino (hip) is "highly likely" to make his season debut Saturday afternoon versus Ottawa.
ImpactThe Sabres will need to remove someone from their roster in order to activate Leino, who hasn't played yet this season because of a hip injury. Forwards Brian Flynn and Marcus Foligno don't have to clear waivers to be sent down, but interim coach Ron Rolston will discuss who to demote or possibly trade with GM Darcy Regier before a decision is made.
Ville Leino unlikely to play Tuesday vs. NYR | 03/12/2013 11:47 AM
NewsVille Leino (hip) is unlikely to make his return to the lineup Tuesday against the New York Rangers.
John Vogl on Twitter
ImpactLeino has been practicing with the team and is on the verge of returning. The Sabres don't play again after Tuesday's contest until Saturday afternoon in Ottawa, so it's entirely possible the team just wanted to take one more game to evaluate the roster before clearing space for Leino.
Ville Leino will be a game-time call Tuesday | 03/11/2013 2:51 PM
NewsVille Leino (hip) is projected to be a game-time decision for Tuesday night's game versus the New York Rangers.
Impact"I feel really good, so we'll see," said Leino Monday after he wasn't able to return against Philadelphia on Sunday. "It would have been good extra momentum to play against an old team and a fun rink to play, so it would have been good. But we're looking at this day now, and we'll go from there." He hasn't played yet this season because of a hip injury.
Ville Leino (hip) doubtful Sunday vs Flyers | 03/08/2013 6:18 PM
NewsVille Leino (hip) isn't likely to make his season debut on Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
ImpactLeino was hoping to participate in that game, but Sabres coach Ron Rolston doesn't sound optimistic. "We're just trying to get him back into practice and get him quality practice time," Rolston said. "Really grinding, get him in more competitive situations. It will be close. I don't know when. I would doubt Sunday but certainly next week a strong possibility."
Ville Leino targets Sunday for season debut | 03/06/2013 4:32 PM
NewsVille Leino (hip) is hoping to return to Buffalo's lineup Sunday against his former team in Philadelphia.
Impact"Philly would probably be one of the good options here," he said following Wednesday's practice. "I'm having a lot of fun out there. I wish practices would run longer, and that normally doesn't happen during the season. It's pretty exciting." Leino hasn't played yet this season because of a hip injury.
Ville Leino (hips) skates Saturday morning | 02/23/2013 4:34 PM
NewsVille Leino (hip) was able to participate in Buffalo's Saturday morning skate.
Impact"I felt surprisingly good," Leino said. "It was definitely positive. We'll try to build on that, and we'll see later on today and tomorrow how it recovers from that. It's really definitely felt the best I've felt so far. To be honest with you, before today I was having my doubts. It's not like I can say now I'll play in a couple days or so, but today I really was positive and feel good about it. Now I'm trusting more it will happen soon." There's still no timetable for his return, but this is obviously an encouraging development.
Ville Leino's hip not responding to treatment | 02/06/2013 11:17 AM
NewsThe Buffalo Sabres are going to try another treatment for Ville Leino's ailing hip after the previous one didn't induce the response that the team wanted.
ImpactSurgery hasn't been brought up yet, but coach Lindy Ruff is concerned that Leino may not play this season. "I guess the answer would be yes because he hasn't played yet," Ruff said. "We're trying a different type of treatment again for what he has. You hope you can gain some traction from it. The answer is I don't know."
Coach worried Leino (hip) might miss season | 02/04/2013 3:28 PM
NewsVille Leino (hip) might not be able to play this season, according to Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
ImpactLeino hasn't been improving and he might end up needing surgery. "This latest treatment option we hope will work," Ruff said. "Surgery is always the the end of the line. You go to a surgeon, he's going to recommend surgery. That's just the way it goes." Leino had a rough debut season with the Sabres, but he had 53 points in 81 games in 2010-11.
Ruff denies that Ville Leino needs surgery | 01/25/2013 2:11 PM
NewsSabres coach Lindy Ruff denied a report that Ville Leino will require surgery on his injured hip.
Impact"There's no talk about surgery right now. We might as well just squash that," Ruff said. "Maybe down the road it happens. I don't know. But right now there's some other treatment options that are possible. We had an MRI on it and it looked OK. These hip things are things that can go a lot of different directions." If Leino does end up needing surgery, he probably won't be able to return before the end of the shortened season.
Sabres move Ville Leino (leg) to IR | 01/24/2013 4:14 PM
NewsVille Leino (leg) has been moved to injured reserve by the Buffalo Sabres.
ImpactHe was placed on the IR, retroactive to Sunday, in order to make room on the roster for the return of Nathan Gerbe. Leino hasn't played yet this season because of a lower-body injury that he is believed to be to his leg.
Ville Leino won't return from LBI Monday | 01/21/2013 2:22 PM
NewsVille Leino (lower body) won't play Monday versus Toronto.
ImpactHe didn't suit up in Buffalo's season opener Sunday against Philadelphia either. "We'll just take it day by day," coach Lindy Ruff said of Leino. "He tried it again today and it didn't feel well enough to play."
Ville Leino is questionnable for Sunday | 01/20/2013 11:33 AM
NewsVille Leino's status for Sunday's game against the Flyers is uncertain due to a leg injury.
ImpactLeino is coming off a very disappointing season where he recorded 25 points in 71 games. Given the team's depth, a comeback is far from certain, but he's at least worth keeping an eye on in 14-team leagues during the early weeks of the season.
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|Goals||0||45 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Mar 9||2|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Feb 26||2|
|Points||2||2 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Feb 26||2|
|Penalty Minutes||2||4 times-last:at Fla||last:Mar 7||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||vs. Bos||Feb 26||1|
|Power Play Goals||0||45 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Mar 9||1|
|Power Play Points||1||4 times-last:at Phx||last:Jan 30||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||45 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Mar 9||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||45 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Mar 9||0|
|Shots||3||4 times-last:vs. Cgy||last:Dec 14||2|
|Penalty Minutes||22||2010-11 (Phi)|
|Power Play Goals||5||2010-11 (Phi)|
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