Sami Niku
Sami Niku
23-Year-Old DefensemanD
Winnipeg Jets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Niku has struggled to translate his scoring touch to the NHL, as he managed just four points in 30 games with the Jets last season, compared to the 54-point campaign he put up with the Moose in 2017-18. Unless the organization beings in another blueliner, the 22-year-old Finn should have the inside track on a spot in the lineup for Opening Night against the Rangers on Oct. 3. Still, his hold on a third-pairing role should be considered tenuous at best, though a productive start to the 2019-20 season should cement his place, especially with Anthony Bitetto and Logan Stanley pushing for minutes. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Jets in May of 2017.
Given clean bill of health
DWinnipeg Jets
May 27, 2020
General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff believes that Niku (lower body) is now healthy, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
ANALYSIS
Niku was dealing with a lower-body injury prior to the NHL's suspension of play, but he should be a full participant when the Jets' unofficial training camp gets underway in July. The 23-year-old blueliner has notched five helpers in 17 games this season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:10
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:31
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
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15:13
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13:55
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2019–20
16:10
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Niku isn't your average blue-line prospect given his wealth of experience at junior in his native Finland. He spent 311 games in that region, not including playoff action and appearances in various international tournaments. Better yet, Niku made a seamless transition to the North American brand of hockey with the Manitoba Moose last season, claiming All-Rookie and First All-Star Team honors, as well as receiving the Eddie Shore Award for best AHL defenseman after recording 17 goals and 40 assists over 85 games between the regular season and Calder Cup playoffs. The Jets sent Niku to the ice for his NHL debut last April and he found the back of the net in that single appearance. Mobile defensemen capable of joining the rush and lighting up the scoresheet don't grow on trees, so consider nabbing Niku while he's still a relative unknown across the fantasy hockey spectrum.
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Considered week-to-week
DWinnipeg Jets
Lower Body
February 27, 2020
Niku (lower body) was labeled week-to-week by coach Paul Maurice on Wednesday, Mitchell Clinton of JetsTV reports.
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Late scratch Tuesday
DWinnipeg Jets
Lower Body
February 25, 2020
Niku (lower body) will not suit up in Tuesday's game against the Capitals.
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Back from injury
DWinnipeg Jets
February 18, 2020
Niku (undisclosed) was plus-2 with one shot Tuesday in a 6-3 win over the Kings.
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In action Tuesday
DWinnipeg Jets
February 18, 2020
Niku (undisclosed) will suit up versus the Kings on Tuesday, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
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Won't suit up Sunday
DWinnipeg Jets
Undisclosed
February 16, 2020
Niku (undisclosed) will not be in the lineup for Sunday's game against Chicago, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.
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