Sami Niku

Sami Niku

25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Montreal Canadiens
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Sami Niku in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens in September of 2021.
Activated off IR
DMontreal Canadiens
October 16, 2021
Niku (concussion) has been activated off injured reserve, per the NHL's media site.
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Although Niku has been cleared to play, he isn't expected to be in the lineup for Saturday's game versus the Rangers. The 25-year-old blueliner went scoreless in six games with Winnipeg last season.
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16:10
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12:58
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Niku again failed to regularly crack the lineup in 2019-20, making 17 appearances and earning five assists for the Jets. The 24-year-old blueliner is seen as NHL ready, but hasn't quite played his way into an everyday role. That won't get any easier in 2020-21, as Dylan DeMelo signed a four-year contract and figures to occupy the right side of the third pairing when healthy. Niku is probably destined for a role on the taxi squad or in the minors, where he had 14 points in 18 games for AHL Manitoba last year. He's just about at the end of his leash to be considered a prospect -- fantasy managers probably won't need to keep tabs on Niku's production.
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.
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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Shifts to IR
DMontreal Canadiens
Concussion
October 11, 2021
Nike (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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Returns to the ice
DMontreal Canadiens
Concussion
October 6, 2021
Niku (concussion) skated prior to Montreal's main practice group Wednesday.
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Diagnosed with concussion
DMontreal Canadiens
Concussion
October 2, 2021
Niku suffered a concussion during Friday night's preseason game versus the Senators.
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Signs two-way deal with Montreal
DMontreal Canadiens
September 24, 2021
Niku signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens on Friday.
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Waived for termination
DFree Agent
September 20, 2021
Niku was placed on unconditional waivers by the Jets on Monday in order to terminate his contract, Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet reports.
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