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Antti Niemi

33-Year-Old Goalie – Dallas Stars

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A long-time starter in San Jose, Niemi got shipped off to Dallas prior to last season to serve as the 1A to fellow Finnish countryman Kari Lehtonen, only to watch his old Sharks mates go to the Stanley Cup Finals while the Stars were bumped in the second round (mostly with L...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 215   DOB: 8/29/1983   BORN: Vantaa, Finland   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract


Antti Niemi Contract Information:

Signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Sharks in June 2015.

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Niemi surrendered three goals on 22 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Jets.

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Season Age League Team GP W L OTL SO GAA GA SA SV SV%
2008-09 25 3 1 1 1 0 3.38 8 59 51 .864
2009-10 26 39 26 7 4 7 2.25 82 936 854 .912
2010-11 27 NHL SJ 60 35 18 6 6 2.38 140 1741 1601 .920
2011-12 28 NHL SJ 68 34 22 9 6 2.42 159 1865 1706 .915
2012-13 29 NHL SJ 43 24 12 6 4 2.16 93 1220 1127 .924
2013-14 30 NHL SJ 64 39 17 7 4 2.39 149 1705 1556 .913
2014-15 31 NHL SJ 61 31 23 7 5 2.59 155 1811 1656 .914
2015-16 32 NHL DAL 48 25 13 7 3 2.67 118 1246 1128 .905
2016-17 33 NHL DAL 29 10 9 4 0 3.19 73 726 653 .899
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Antti Niemi – Playing Time Overview

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  1. Kari Lehtonen
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2016-17 Time On Ice Stats


Average Time On Ice

On average, Antti Niemi was on the ice for 47:17.

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2014-15 58:49
2015-16 55:18
2016-17 47:17

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2016-17 NHL Game Log   Antti Niemi
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Feb 18 TAM Did Not Play
Feb 16 @MIN Did Not Play
Feb 14 @WPG 0 1 0 3.05 3 22 19 .864
Feb 12 @NAS Did Not Play
Feb 11 CAR Did Not Play
Feb 9 @OTT Did Not Play
Feb 7 @TOR 0 1 0 3.21 3 34 31 .912
Feb 4 CHI Did Not Play
Feb 2 WPG Did Not Play
Jan 31 TOR Did Not Play
Jan 26 BUF 0 0 0 6.00 2 5 3 .600
Jan 24 MIN Did Not Play
Jan 21 WAS Did Not Play
Jan 19 @NYI Did Not Play
Jan 17 @NYR 1 0 0 7.66 6 28 22 .786
Jan 16 @BUF Did Not Play
Jan 14 MIN 0 0 0 45.00 3 3 0 .000
Jan 12 DET 1 0 0 2.00 2 33 31 .939
Jan 10 @ANA 0 1 0 2.11 2 38 36 .947
Jan 9 @LOS 1 0 0 0.00 0 1 1 1.000
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Jan 7 @STL 0 1 0 2.00 1 8 7 .875
Jan 4 MON Did Not Play
Dec 31 FLA 0 1 0 11.25 3 20 17 .850
Dec 29 COL 0 0 0 4.00 1 5 4 .800
Dec 27 @ARI Did Not Play
Dec 23 LOS Did Not Play
Dec 20 STL 0 0 1 2.95 3 22 19 .864
Dec 17 PHI 1 0 0 1.00 1 32 31 .969
Dec 15 NYR 0 1 0 1.03 1 29 28 .966
Dec 13 ANA 1 0 0 2.07 2 36 34 .944
Dec 11 @CHI Did Not Play
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Dec 8 NAS Did Not Play
Dec 6 CGY Did Not Play
Dec 3 @COL Did Not Play
Dec 1 @PIT 0 1 0 5.08 5 39 34 .872
Nov 29 @DET Did Not Play
Nov 28 @STL 0 0 1 3.87 4 31 27 .871
Nov 25 VAN 1 0 0 1.00 1 31 30 .968
Nov 23 @NAS Did Not Play
Nov 21 MIN 1 0 0 1.97 2 29 27 .931
Nov 19 EDM 0 0 0 1.82 1 16 15 .938
Nov 17 COL Did Not Play
Nov 15 NJD 0 0 1 2.00 2 33 31 .939
Nov 13 @VAN Did Not Play
Nov 11 @EDM Did Not Play
Nov 10 @CGY Did Not Play
Nov 8 @WPG 0 0 0 8.28 4 20 16 .800
Nov 6 @CHI Did Not Play
Nov 5 CHI 0 1 0 3.10 3 32 29 .906
Nov 3 STL 1 0 0 2.03 2 30 28 .933
Nov 1 @CLM 0 0 1 3.00 3 28 25 .893
Oct 29 @MIN Did Not Play
Oct 27 @WPG 0 1 0 4.36 4 36 32 .889
Oct 25 WPG 1 0 0 2.03 2 30 28 .933
Oct 22 CLM Did Not Play
Oct 20 LOS Did Not Play
Oct 18 @NAS Did Not Play
Oct 15 @COL 0 0 0 11.11 5 20 15 .750
Oct 13 ANA 1 0 0 2.03 2 35 33 .943

Antti Niemi: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Niemi led his team to the ice for warmups and will be the starting goalie for Tuesday night's showdown in Winnipeg, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Niemi allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 3-1 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.

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Niemi will defend the net for Tuesday's road game against the Maple Leafs.

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Niemi allowed two goals on five shots in the first period before getting pulled Thursday against Buffalo.

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As expected, Niemi will tend twine as Thursday's home starter versus the Sabres, reports.

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Niemi is expected to start Thursday against Buffalo, Mark Stepneski of reports.

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Niemi gave up six goals on 28 shots and was pulled Tuesday, but he still got credited with the win in a 7-6 victory over the Rangers.

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Niemi will guard the blue paint in Tuesday's road matchup with the Rangers, Dan Rosen of reports.

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Niemi did not last long in Saturday's start against the Wild, as he was pulled after allowing three goals on the first three shots he faced.

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Niemi was named the starting home goalie for Saturday's game against the Wild, Sean Shapiro of reports.

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Niemi held the Red Wings to two goals on 33 shots in Thursday's 5-2 win.

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Niemi will patrol the blue paint Thursday as the home starter against the Red Wings, reports.

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Signed to a three-year contract by the Stars during the offseason, Niemi heads to Texas after spending five seasons with the Sharks. The Finnish netminder played at least 60 games in each of his four full seasons with San Jose (excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season), reaching the 30-win plateau each time. Despite that quality production, Niemi's path to a full-time starting role is as muddled as it's ever been, as he'll be joined in the Dallas net by fellow countryman Kari Lehtonen, the team's longtime No. 1. Both netminders are coming off down years, though Lehtonen's rate stats (2.94 GAA, .903 save percentage) were far uglier than Niemi's. It's quite likely that the two goalies will open the season in a timeshare, with the hope that a reduced starting load for both established workhorses results in better per-game numbers. If that plan fails, coach Lindy Ruff could simply ride the hot hand, as both Niemi and Lehtonen are still capable of stringing together multiple strong performances in a row, even as their careers seem to be entering the decline phase. That being said, it's tough to peg which goalie may ultimately claim the larger portion of the duties -- or if anything more than a 50-50 distribution will even come about -- making Niemi a dangerous target as a lead goalie for any fantasy roster.


Niemi, despite his atypical style, remains a solid option for your fantasy team...that is, if he keeps his starting gig. Last season, he posted a very respectable .913 save percentage, 2.39 goals against average, and 39 wins, the latter of which was second-best in the NHL. It should be noted, however, that there was a bit of a late-season collapse that brought those ratios down a notch. Despite a goalie controversy waiting for him in camp with the ascendent Alex Stalock pushing for a starting gig, it's still Niemi's job to lose. He's a veteran presence and only one season removed from being a Vezina finalist and playing the most minutes of any netminder in the league. But you'd be wise to hitch your fantasy wagon to both men, just in case.


You can't ride a goalie much harder than San Jose rode Niemi last year -- he played in 43 of the team's 48 regular-season starts and was the man of the hour through the postseason. Niemi's 24-12-6 record last year with a 2.16 GAA and a .924 save percentage ought to silence any critics who have questioned his ability to take a larger workload for a team. Despite his often derided, atypical style of goaltending, he led the league with 24 wins. And only Ondrej Pavalec played more games than Niemi's 43. And Niemi led the NHL in time on ice, was third overall in saves, was one removed from the league lead with four shutouts, was 11th in goals-against average and seventh in save percentage. Wow -- he handled the workload and then some. And his numbers, while many were career bests, weren't that far off his usual mark. Now here's the but and it's a biggie. There's no way he can maintain that type of workload over a full season and still be fresh for a long playoff run. And new back-up goalie Alex Stalock is coming off a near career-threatening injury not all that long ago. If Stalock canít perform well at the NHL level, will San Jose brass push Niemi to the point of exhaustion? Itís a question worth asking, but not enough of a problem to really hurt Niemiís fantasy value right now. Niemi should be near the top -- or at the top -- of the list of goaltenders on your draft list. Not only is he playing more than most tenders, heís playing better.


Is Niemi the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy goalies? He won a Stanley Cup with Chicago, but the team cut him loose following an arbitration battle. Yet, all he's done in San Jose is go 69-40-15 with 12 shutouts and a great goals-against average and save percentage. But, questions still remain about Niemi's workload and whether he can truly carry an NHL team. So what's the truth? His butterfly is tidy and he covers the bottom of the net well. Sure, he still struggles with rebounds and sometimes overplays the puck. However, he's poised, sneakily athletic and surprisingly quick, and he's a real battler -- he's not really going to pinch many stinkers on you. Still, we can think of at least 15 guys we'd take ahead of him in a standard, single-year draft, so that means he shouldn't be your top guy in a 12-team league, but Niemi makes an outstanding number two netminder in a two-goalie league.


A few months after his Stanley Cup win with the Blackhawks, Niemi brought his talents to the Bay Area by signing a one-year, $2 million contract with the Sharks. It was a curious move, as the team had already signed fellow Finnish netminder, Antero Niittymaki, to a two-year contract earlier in the offseason. What started as an evenly distributed workload eventually rolled in Niemi's favor as his fellow countryman sustained a groin injury in January that opened the door for Niemi to become the No. 1 choice for starts. Niemi never looked back and remained the undisputed starter through the end of the postseason. His numbers were rock solid in the end, as he posted a 35-18-6 record, 2.38 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and six shutouts. The team re-upped with Niemi in March of 2011, extending his contract for four years and $15.2 million. There is no denying Niemi's importance to the Sharks, and fantasy owners should be happy with his gaudy win totals and peripheral stats for years to come.


2009-10 was a busy year for Niemi. He stole the starting job away from Cristobal Huet, led his team to a Stanley Cup victory, and eventually was released from the Blackhawks, who desperately needed to clear cap space after an arbitrator awarded Niemi a $2.75 million contract for the 2010-11 season. The Sharks couldn't resist signing Niemi, but fantasy owners shouldn't jump as quickly for his services, as Team Teal now has three capable netminders fighting for minutes between the pipes: Niemi, Thomas Greiss and Antero Niittymaki. It's a boom or bust year for Niemi.


It was his first season in the United States and he definitely showed some potential. The problem though is that starter Crisobal Huet has a big contract. Huet will get plenty of opportunities, but an injury or even poor play may open the door for Niemi this season. Niemi's arrival is bad news for Corey Crawford who was considered the top netminding prospect for the Hawks before Niemi entered the pictured last year. Niemi showed signs last year of being a future answer in Chicago with a .913 save percentage and 2.43 GAA in 38 starts for Rockford (AHL).