Miikka Salomaki
Miikka Salomaki
26-Year-Old Right WingRW
Nashville Predators
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Salomaki scored just eight points in 58 games last season. However, it was his fine work on the defensive side that overshadowed any shortcomings he might have had in the offensive zone. For example, Salomaki had a “Corsi Against,” or “CA60 rating” (measuring opposing teams' shot attempts per 60 minutes while he is on the ice) of just 45.58. This was the lowest output on the team, but it doesn't provide much by way of fantasy value unless a given league is one of the rare types that rewards for advanced stats like Corsi. Instead it gives him a real-life intangible value that teams want. Salomaki settled on a two-year, $1.5 million contract extension in late July to avoid an arbitration hearing with the Preds. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Predators in July of 2018.
Collects assist in return
RWNashville Predators
April 15, 2019
Salomaki (upper body) had an assist and two hits in Monday's 3-2 win over the Stars in Game 3.
ANALYSIS
After missing over three months, Salomaki skated 10:14 in this postseason contest. It's not too far off from his season average, and with the Predators seeing Brian Boyle (abdomen) and Wayne Simmonds (lower body) out, Salomaki will likely be asked to pick up some of the slack from their absences.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    10:27
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:07
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2016–17
12:13
0:02
1:07
2017–18
10:17
0:02
0:14
2018–19
10:27
0:02
0:07
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Salomaki suffered a series of hard-luck injuries that limited him to just nine games (five in the NHL, four in the AHL) in 2016-17. He took a shot off his hand in the second game of the season, which landed him on injured reserve for about six weeks; once recovered, he was sent to AHL Milwaukee in December for a conditioning stint, only to end up on IR once again with what the Preds described as a “long-term” lower-body injury. Salomaki returned in early April and saw limited action down the stretch and into the playoffs, serving as a non-factor for the Preds as they went on to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. Once considered an up-and-coming prospect as a 2011 second-round pick who put up 50 points in his first AHL campaign (2013-14), the 24-year-old Finn is a long way from fantasy relevance, as he'll occupy a bottom-six spot (probably on the fourth line) for the Preds.
Salomaki played almost exclusively in a bottom-six role for the Preds last season, skating mainly alongside Paul Gaustad and Eric Nystrom on the fourth line. As such, the Finnish winger went mostly unnoticed by most fantasy owners, notching just 10 points in 61 games. Although Salomaki has shown some offensive upside in the past – he tallied 50 points over 75 games in the AHL in 2013-14 – his role is not expected to grow much this season, making him a fantasy consideration only in deep keeper formats.
Salomaki scored a goal in his NHL debut for the Preds last season -- the only game he played for the big club after being recalled as an injury replacement in January. Despite the impressive debut, the Preds decided to send him back to AHL Milwaukee where he had 18 points in 38 games for the Admirals. Talent-wise, Salomaki has become known for being a tenacious defender who plays well in his own zone. As his offensive skills improve, he could turn into a solid two-way player in the NHL. For now, he is expected to continue his development at Milwaukee this upcoming season.
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Back in action
RWNashville Predators
April 15, 2019
Salomaki (upper body) will draw into the lineup for Monday's Game 3 against the Stars in Dallas, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
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No clear return date
RWNashville Predators
Upper Body
April 10, 2019
Salomaki (upper body) is not in the projected lineup for Game 1 of the conference quarterfinals opposing the Stars on Wednesday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
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Implied scratch Thursday
RWNashville Predators
Upper Body
April 4, 2019
Salomaki (upper body) is projected to sit out Thursday when the Predators play host to the Canucks, per Ben Kuzma of The Province.
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Can't go Tuesday
RWNashville Predators
Upper Body
April 2, 2019
Salomaki (upper body) remains out for Tuesday's game versus the Sabres, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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Back with big club
RWNashville Predators
Upper Body
April 1, 2019
Salomaki (upper body) was recalled from his conditioning assignment in AHL Milwaukee on Monday.
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