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Throwback Thursday: This week in 1986, Winnipeg Jets draft Teppo Numminen

Welcome back to another edition of Throwback Thursday!

This week in 1986 (June 21), the Winnipeg Jets drafted defenceman Teppo Numminen in the second round.

Drafted out of Tappara of the Finnish Elite League, Numminem had returned to his homeland of Finland for two more years before joining the Jets in 1988-89.

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Having struggled in his first year only scoring 15 points in 69 games, he quickly developed into a strong option on the Jets backend.

A long 20-year-career was had for Numminen with the majority of it played in the Jets/Coyotes organization. But in 2003, the veteran defenceman was traded by Phoenix to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Mike Sillinger.

He left that club as a free agent inking a new deal with Buffalo in 2005 with whom we would retire with in 2009.

Also drafted in that 1986 draft was Pat Elynuik (1st round).

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Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 1 14 15 36 -11
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 11 32 43 20 -4 7 1 2 3 10
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 8 25 33 28 -15
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 5 34 39 32 15 7 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 7 30 37 33 4 6 1 1 2 2
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 57 5 18 23 28 -23
1994-95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 42 5 16 21 16 12
1994-95 TuTo Turku SM-liiga 12 3 8 11 4 4
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 11 43 54 22 -4 6 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 2 25 27 28 -3 7 3 3 6 0
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 11 40 51 30 25 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 10 30 40 30 3 7 2 1 3 4
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 8 34 42 16 21 5 1 1 2 0
2000-01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 5 26 31 36 9
2001-02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 13 35 48 20 13 4 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 6 24 30 30 0
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 62 3 14 17 18 -5 4 0 1 1 0
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 2 38 40 36 6 12 1 1 2 4
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 2 27 29 32 17 16 0 4 4 4
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 57 2 15 17 22 -4
NHL Totals 1372 117 520 637 513 82 9 14 23 28

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