Sami Niku
Sami Niku
22-Year-Old DefensemanD
Winnipeg Jets
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Jets in May of 2017.
Pots first goal of season
DWinnipeg Jets
March 3, 2019
Niku scored a goal in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
ANALYSIS
He opened the scoring 2:21 into the first period with his first goal of the season, and just his second in 19 career NHL games. Niku has some fantasy upside, scoring 19 goals and 66 points in 96 games for AHL Manitoba since coming to North America from Finland, but the 22-year-old's role remains uncertain once the Jets' blue line gets healthier.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:55
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:06
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
15:13
0:00
0:00
2018–19
13:55
0:06
0:01
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Bumps up a rank
DWinnipeg Jets
February 15, 2019
The Jets recalled Niku from AHL Manitoba on Friday, Jim Toth of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
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Sent back to minors
DWinnipeg Jets
February 12, 2019
The Jets reassigned Niku to AHL Manitoba on Tuesday.
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Recalled by Jets
DWinnipeg Jets
January 27, 2019
Niku was called up from AHL Manitoba on Sunday.
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Shuffles down to minors
DWinnipeg Jets
January 20, 2019
The Jets assigned Niku to AHL Manitoba on Sunday.
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Helps tame Predators
DWinnipeg Jets
January 18, 2019
Niku registered two assists in Thursday's 4-2 win over Nashville.
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