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Draft Prospect - 2008
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Jyri Niemi
North American Skater
Saskatoon, WHL
Final Rank:  25 Midterm Rank:  29
Position:  Defenseman Shoots:  Left
Height:  6' 2" Weight:  192
Born:  June 15, 1990    
Birthplace:  Tampere, FIN
Drafted:  NYI (3rd Round / 72nd Overall)
  • Finished first among WHL rookie defensemen with 14 goals and third with 34 points (14-20--34).
  • Won the hardest shot competition at the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game – his shot registered at 97 miles per hour.
  • He patterns his game after Edmonton Oilers defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Sheldon Souray --“Pitkanen, because he’s good offensively and Souray because of his shot”.
  • He started skating at the age of three when his dad took him to an outdoor rink and he credits both his parents for having the biggest influence on his career – “they’ve been supporting me ever since I started”.
  • If he could have dinner with any three people he would choose: Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Will Smith.
  • The one thing he couldn’t live without is TV and the one movie he would like to be in is Rocky IV.
  • His nickname is “Finn” because he’s from Finland and if he wasn’t playing hockey he would be a tennis player.

 

FAVORITES

 

NHL Team: Atlanta Thrashers

NHL Player: Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk -- “because of his skill to score and shoot the puck”

Shootout move: Shot five hole

Practice Drill: Stretching

Video Game: Call of Duty

Movie: Superbad

TV Show: Family Guy

Actor: Will Smith

Pump-up song: “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Food to cook: Pasta and meatballs

Sport (other than hockey): Tennis

Activity away from the rink: Watching movies

Place to visit: Paris


 Statistics
Season
Team
League
GP
G
A
P
PIM
2006-2007
HPK JR.
FINLAND-JR.
35
6
3
9
72
2007-2008
SASKATOON
WHL
49
14
20
34
57
2013-2014
HPK
FINLAND
23
1
8
9
32