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Sami Niku

Sami Niku

Finnish ice hockey player
Sami Niku
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Finnish ice hockey player
Is Athlete Ice hockey player
From Finland
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 10 October 1996, Haapavesi, Northern Ostrobothnia, Northern Finland Regional State Administrative Agency, Finland
Age 25 years
Star sign Libra
Stats
Weight: 176 lbs
Sports Teams
JYP Jyväskylä
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Sami Niku (born 10 October 1996) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Niku was selected by the Jets in the 7th round (198th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Niku made his Liiga debut playing with JYP Jyväskylä during the 2014–15 Liiga season.

Following the 2016–17 season with JYP, having played his first full season in the Liiga in posting 27 points in 59 games, Niku agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets on May 15, 2017. He played most of the 2017–18 season with the Manitoba Moose, the Jets' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. He was called up by the Jets on April 1, 2018, and scored his first goal in his NHL debut in a Jets' win over the Montreal Canadiens on April 3. At conclusion of the 2017–18 regular season, Niku was voted as the AHL's top defenseman, as well as earning AHL First All-Star team and the AHL All-Rookie honours.

International play

Internationally, Niku played in the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships, the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and the 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 JYP Jyväskylä Jr. A 30 0 8 8 22 6 0 0 0 2
2013–14 JYP Jyväskylä Jr. A 20 4 10 14 20
2013–14 JYP-Akatemia Mestis 30 0 3 3 16
2014–15 JYP-Akatemia Mestis 39 3 22 25 24 6 0 5 5 4
2014–15 JYP Jyväskylä Liiga 12 0 1 1 6
2015–16 JYP Jyväskylä Liiga 38 4 7 11 2
2015–16 JYP-Akatemia Mestis 7 0 2 2 4
2016–17 JYP Jyväskylä Liiga 59 5 22 27 26 15 1 5 6 2
2017–18 Manitoba Moose AHL 76 16 38 54 30 9 1 2 3 2
2017–18 Winnipeg Jets NHL 1 1 0 1 0
2018–19 Manitoba Moose AHL 20 3 9 12 14
2018–19 Winnipeg Jets NHL 30 1 3 4 2
2019–20 Manitoba Moose AHL 18 3 11 14 12
2019–20 Winnipeg Jets NHL 17 0 5 5 12
Liiga totals 109 9 30 39 34 15 1 5 6 2
NHL totals 48 2 8 10 14

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Finland U17 7th 5 1 1 2 4
2013 Finland IH18 5th 4 1 1 2 4
2014 Finland WJC18 6th 5 1 0 1 0
2015 Finland WJC 7th 5 0 0 0 0
2016 Finland WJC 1st place, gold medalist(s) 8 1 2 3 6
Junior totals 27 4 4 8 14

Awards and honors

Award Year
AHL
Eddie Shore Award for Top Defensemen 2018
First All-Star team 2018
All-Rookie Team 2018
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 11 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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http://www.arcticicehockey.com/2015/6/27/8856947/the-winnipeg-jets-draft-sami-niku-matteo-gennaro-seventh-round
http://www.jatkoaika.com/Pelaaja/sami-niku/24711
https://www.nhl.com/jets/news/jets-sign-sami-niku-to-entry-level-contract/c-289448822
https://www.nhl.com/jets/news/jets-recall-sami-niku/c-297552064
https://theahl.com/niku-defenseman-ahl-eddie-shore-award
https://theahl.com/2017-18-ahl-first-second-all-star-teams
https://theahl.com/2017-18-ahl-all-rookie-team
http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=92502&lang=en
http://www.eurohockey.com/player/519472-.html
https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/n/nikusa01.html
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=176929
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