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.
Sent to bus league
DWinnipeg Jets  Minors
October 11, 2019
The Jets reassigned Niku to AHL Manitoba on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Josh Morrissey (upper body) returned to action following a two-game absence Thursday against Minnesota, so the Jets are no longer in need of Niku's services as a depth defenseman. The 23-year-old Finn appeared in one game during his brief stay with the big club, going scoreless while logging one shot on goal in 17:01 of ice time.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:03
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
15:13
0:00
0:00
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
13:55
0:06
0:01
2019–20
17:01
0:00
0:03
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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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Called up from minors
DWinnipeg Jets  Minors
October 7, 2019
Niku was recalled from AHL Manitoba on Monday, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.
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Sent down to minors
DWinnipeg Jets  Minors
October 1, 2019
Niku (groin) was reassigned to AHL Manitoba on Tuesday.
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Suffers groin injury
DWinnipeg Jets  Minors
Groin
September 26, 2019
Niku is considered day-to-day due to a groin issue, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.
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Suiting up Wednesday
DWinnipeg Jets  Minors
September 17, 2019
Niku (undisclosed) will be in action versus Minnesota on Wednesday.
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Not hurt in car accident
DWinnipeg Jets  Minors
Undisclosed
September 14, 2019
Coach Paul Maurice said Niku was involved in a car accident Friday but is OK, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
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