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Antti Niemi

31-Year-Old Goalie – San Jose Sharks

2014-15 NHL Stats

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2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

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. I...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 210   DOB: 8/29/1983   BORN: Vantaa, Finland   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Antti Niemi Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $15.2 million contract extension with the Sharks in March of 2011.

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Niemi's season-opening winning streak ended at three games Tuesday when he allowed four goals on 32 shots in a loss to the Bruins.

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Antti Niemi NHL Stats
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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 4 3 1 0 1 2.70 11 137 126 .920
2014-15 Proj 31 NHL SJ 66 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Antti Niemi

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Antti Niemi – Playing Time Overview

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Time On Ice Stats

61:05

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Antti Niemi was on the ice for 61:05.

5:25

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Antti Niemi was on the ice for 5:25 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 60:01 7:06
2013-14 58:27 6:24
2014-15 61:05 5:25

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Antti Niemi 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent W L OTL GAA GA SA SV SV%
Oct. 21 at BOS 0 1 0 4.07 4 32 28 .875
Oct. 19 at NYR Did Not Play
Oct. 18 at NJ 1 0 0 2.00 2 37 35 .946
Oct. 16 at NYI Did Not Play
Oct. 14 at WAS 1 0 0 4.62 5 34 29 .853
Oct. 11 WPG Did Not Play
Oct. 8 at LA 1 0 0 0.00 0 34 34 1.000

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

Niemi will start Tuesday's game against the Bruins, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Niemi turned away 35 shots Saturday to preserve a 4-2 victory for the Sharks.

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Niemi will get the starting nod Saturday against the Devils, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

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The Sharks have announced that it will be Alex Stalock and not Niemi in net for Thursday's game against the Islanders, reports David Pollak of the Mercury News.

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Niemi gave up five goals, including two comeback tallies late in the third period, on 34 shots Tuesday, but held on to beat the Capitals in a shootout.

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Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the net Tuesday against Washington, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.

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Niemi turned aside all 34 shots he faced Wednesday, shutting out the Kings 4-0.

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Coach Todd McLellan finally confirmed that Niemi would start Wednesday's season opener against the Kings.

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Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, an indication he'll receive the starting nod Wednesday versus the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.

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Coach Todd McLellan has remained non-committal in announcing Niemi as his starter in goal for Wednesday's season opener against the Kings, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Monday that Niemi and Alex Stalock will both receive long looks in the preseason as he aims to settle on a No. 1 goaltender heading into the Oct. 8 opener, NHL.com reports.

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With Sharks GM Doug Wilson announcing that the team is in rebuild mode and rookie goaltender Alex Stalock getting a two-year contract extension, Niemi's role for the coming season has grown increasingly unclear.

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2014-15

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2013-14

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.

2012-13

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.

2011-12

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.

2010-11

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.

2009-10

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).