|Born||10 October 1996,|
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
|NHL Draft||198th overall, 2015|
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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
|Competitor for Finland|
|IIHF World U20 Championship|
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
International[edit | edit source]
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
|Eddie Shore Award for Top Defensemen||2018|||
|First All-Star team||2018|||
References[edit | edit source]
- The Winnipeg Jets draft Sami Niku and Matteo Gennaro in the seventh round. Arctic Ice Hockey (27 June 2015).
- "Sami Niku player profile" (in Finnish) (2015-04-03). Retrieved on 2015-04-03.
- "Jets sign Sami Niku to entry-level contract". Winnipeg Jets (2017-05-15). Retrieved on 2017-05-15.
- Jets recall Sami Niku (2018-04-01).
- NIKU VOTED AHL’S TOP DEFENSEMAN FOR 2017-18 (10 April 2018).
- 2017-18 AHL FIRST, SECOND ALL-STAR TEAMS UNVEILED (5 April 2018). Retrieved on 6 April 2018.
- 2017-18 AHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM NAMED (4 April 2018). Retrieved on 6 April 2018.
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