Sami Niku
Born (1996-10-10)10 October 1996,
Haapavesi, Finland
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Winnipeg Jets
JYP Jyväskylä
NHL Draft 198th overall, 2015
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 2013–present

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.[1]

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Niku made his Liiga debut playing with JYP Jyväskylä during the 2014–15 Liiga season.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] At conclusion of the 2017–18 regular season, Niku was voted as the AHL's top defenseman,[5] as well as earning AHL First All-Star team[6] and the AHL All-Rookie honours.[7]

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Ice hockey
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold 2016 Finland

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[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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 Gold medal icon.svg 8 1 2 3 6
Junior totals 27 4 4 8 14

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Award Year
AHL
Eddie Shore Award for Top Defensemen 2018 [5]
First All-Star team 2018 [6]
All-Rookie Team 2018 [7]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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