Speedy and skilled, Miika Elomo was the first round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in 1995. After one more season in his native Finland, Elomo packed his gear and headed to North America to continue his career.
Elomo spent his first two seasons in the Capitals organization with their farm team in Portland, where he struggled to adapt to the North American style of play. After the right-winger scored just nine goals in a season and a half with the Portland Pirates, he elected to return to Finland midway through the 1997-98 campaign.
Elomo returned to the Capitals in 1999 and finally showed he might be able to score in North America. Elomo lit the lamp 21 times in 59 games with the Portland Pirates and took advantage of a two-game call up with the Capitals by setting up a goal at the level.
Despite his improvement, the Capitals traded Elomo in the summer of 2000 and he landed with the Calgary Flames.
After a very solid training camp with the Flames, Elomo did not respond well when he was assigned to their farm club in St. John. He soon found himself toiling on the third or fourth line and appeared to lose confidence in his skills. Despite his tremendous skating ability and the fact he'd just scored 20 goals in the league the season before, Elmo managed just 10 goals for St. John. Frustrated at season's end, Elomo returned to Finland for a second time.
The 2001-02 was spent with the Espoo Blues, but the change of scenery did not change his luck. IN 52 games with the Finnish club team, Elomo managed just five goals and 11 points.