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Jyri Niemi
Jyri Niemi
Defenseman
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 203
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 15, 1990
Birthplace: Hameenkyro, Finland
Hometown: Hameenkyro, Finland
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Acquired: Traded to Rangers by Islanders in exchange for a 2010 sixth-round draft pick (later traded) on May 25, 2010
Drafted: NYI / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (72nd overall) PROSPECT BIO
AHL CAREER
2011-12: Tallied an assist on Oct. 23 vs. Springfield. 2010-11: Ranked third among Connecticut defensemen with three goals. ... Made his professional debut on Oct. 15 at Albany. ... Tallied his first career AHL point with an assist on Nov. 19 at Springfield … Notched his first career AHL goal on Feb. 4 vs. Bridgeport. ... Recorded an assist in back-to-back contests two times -- on Dec. 4 vs. Worcester and Dec. 11 vs. Manchester, and Feb. 6 vs. Portland and Feb. 9 at Toronto. ... Registered three points in a four-game span from Feb. 4 vs. Bridgeport to Feb. 9 at Toronto (one goal, two assists).

ECHL CAREER
2011-12: Led all Greenville defensemen in goals (nine) and power play goals (three), ranked third in points (21) and tied for third in assists (12). ... Made his ECHL debut on Nov. 12 vs. South Carolina. ... Tallied his first ECHL point with an assist on Nov. 15 vs. South Carolina ... Notched his first ECHL goal on Dec. 31 at Chicago ... Tallied two goals on Feb. 22 at Elmira. ... Registered seven points (six goals, one assist) in a six-game span from Feb. 12 vs. Chicago to Feb. 24 at Trenton, including a three-game goal streak from Feb. 12 to Feb. 17 vs. Toledo (three goals). ... Tallied one assist in three playoff contests.

JUNIOR CAREER
2009-10: Skated in 50 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points, along with 67 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating. ... Ranked second among team defensemen in goals and power play goals and third in assists and points. ... Recorded a career-high, five-game scoring streak from Oct. 7 vs. Kootenay to Oct. 18 at Edmonton, tallying seven points over the span, including a two-goal effort on Oct. 7. ... Recorded a point in each of his last four regular-season contests from Feb. 20 vs. Brandon to Feb. 26 vs. Prince Albert (one goal and three assists), and registered 10 points (two goals and eight assists) in 13 games during the month of February.  ... Established career-highs in post-season games played, goals and penalty minutes while ranking second among Saskatoon defensemen in playoff goals and tied for third in playoff points. 2008-09: Established career-highs in games played (60), assists (25), penalty minutes (74) and plus/minus rating (plus-19). ... Made his WHL Playoff debut, and led Saskatoon with a career-high six assists and seven points in six postseason contests. 2007-08: Ranked first among WHL rookie defensemen with a career-high 14 goals, and ranked third with 34 points while skating in 49 games. ... Selected to participate in the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game, where he won the hardest-shot competition with a shot registered at 97 miles per hour.  ... Made his WHL debut on September 21, 2007, at Brandon, and notched his first point with a goal and added two assists for a career-high, three points on Sept. 26 vs. Moose Jaw.

EUROPEAN CAREER
2006-07: Played with HPK Hameenlinna in the Finnish Junior League, registering six goals and three assists for nine points, along with 72 penalty minutes in 35 games.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER

2010: Served as team captain for Finland at the 2010 Under-20 World Junior Championship. ... Tied for second among all defensemen and ranked second among Finnish skaters in goals (three), and tied for third on the team in points (five). 2009: Played for Finland at the 2010 Under-20 World Junior Championship, scoring two goals and adding an assist in six games.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
June 20, 2008 -- Selected as the New York Islanders’ third round pick, 72nd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. May 25, 2010 -- Traded to Rangers by Islanders in exchange for a 2010 sixth-round draft pick (later traded).