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Top Henri Jokiharju News

  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Picks up helper

    Jokiharju notched a power-play assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 6-5 win over the Blackhawks.

    Jokiharju had a helper on the first of Victor Olofsson's two tallies, which put the Sabres on the board at 4:50 of the second period. This was Jokiharju's second assist in nine games since he returned from a lower-body injury. The Finnish blueliner isn't one to add much offense -- he's at 14 points, 56 shots on net, 50 hits, 46 blocked shots and a minus-3 rating in 45 contests as the more defensive half of a pairing with Rasmus Dahlin.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Playing Thursday

    Jokiharju (lower body) will participate in Thursday's game against Las Vegas, per Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.

    Jokiharju has missed the last six games while dealing with a lower-body injury. The 22-year-old has averaged 21:14 of ice time and tallied 12 points over 36 performances in 2021-22.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Could play Thursday

    Jokiharju (lower body) is anticipated to make a return as soon as Thursday's game against Las Vegas, per John Vogl of The Athletic.

    Jokiharju was one of the players coach Don Granato stated Wednesday is "really close, as close as tomorrow's lineup," Vogl adds. The 22-year-old has missed the last six games while dealing with a lower-body injury that he incurred in a 4-0 loss to Montreal on Feb. 23. The defenseman has lit the lamp once over his last five appearances.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Expected to practice Wednesday

    Jokiharju (lower body) will participate in practice Wednesday, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.

    Jokiharju has missed the last five games but he could return to action as early as Thursday against Florida. The 22-year-old defenseman is averaging 21:15 of ice time with 12 points through 36 games this season.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Week-to-week with injury

    Jokiharju (lower body) was ruled week-to-week Tuesday.

    Jokiharju is not expected to play in Wednesday's tilt versus Toronto or Friday's game against Minnesota due to his week-to-week designation. The 22-year-old has averaged 21:14 of ice time and generated 12 points over 36 games this season.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Expected to miss next two contests

    Jokiharju (lower body) won't play Friday versus St. Louis and is considered doubtful for Sunday's matchup with the Stars, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

    At this point it's safe to assume Jokiharju will miss Buffalo's next two contests, but in the event he unexpectedly makes his return Sunday versus Dallas, the Sabres will undoubtedly release another update on his status. With Jokiharju on the shelf, look for Robert Hagg to draw into the lineup against the Blues.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Sustains lower-body injury

    Jokiharju sustained a lower-body injury Wednesday versus the Canadiens, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

    Jokiharju left the game midway through the second period due to the injury. It's a notable loss for the Sabres, as the 22-year-old has played in a top-four role this season. He has 12 points through 36 contests and has typically partnered with Rasmus Dahlin -- who just returned from a lower-body injury Wednesday -- as the team's top defensive pairing.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Puts up assist Tuesday

    Jokiharju logged an assist, three shots on goal and two hits in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.

    Jokiharju set up Alex Tuch's goal against his former team late in the second period. The assist was Jokiharju's fourth helper in his last six outings. The Finnish defenseman is more of a defensive presence in the top four. He's at 10 points, 31 hits, 22 blocked shots and a minus-4 rating through 29 appearances.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: First multi-point game since 2019

    Jokiharju dished out two assists in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars.

    This was Jokiharju's first multi-point performance since Oct. 19, 2019. The 22-year-old blueliner still has time to develop his offensive game, but with eight points on the season he's a non-factor in most fantasy formats for now.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Back at practice Wednesday

    Jokiharju (undisclosed) was on the ice for Wednesday morning's practice, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

    Jokiharju missed Tuesday's practice due to COVID-19 testing but apparently doesn't have the virus. The defenseman figures to be in the lineup when Buffalo hosts San Jose on Thursday.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Undergoing additional COVID testing

    Jokiharju was held out of practice Tuesday while awaiting further COVID-19 test results, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

    The Sabres are up to five players in the league's protocols with Jokiharju potentially making it six. At this point, Buffalo's matchup with the Sharks on Thursday could be in doubt. If the blueliner is unable to suit up versus San Jose, the team will need to call up some reinforcements from the minors. For his part, Jokiharju has tallied one goal and four helpers in 17 appearances this season.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Takes assist before late exit

    Jokiharju earned an assist before he left Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Wild after taking a puck to the face, per Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News.

    Jokiharju played 21:54 in the contest, but he took a Kirill Kaprizov deflected pass to the face and didn't return. Head coach Don Granato didn't update Jokiharju's status after the game, so his status for Friday versus the Penguins will likely be determined before that game's 7:00 p.m. EST puck drop. The 22-year-old has five points, 12 shots on net, 16 blocked shots, 12 hits and a minus-2 rating in 13 appearances.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Deposits first goal

    Jokiharju scored a goal on two shots and added two hits in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Hurricanes.

    Jokiharju struck at 19:28 of the first period to get the Sabres on the board. It was the Finnish blueliner's first goal and third point in eight games this season. He's added 10 shots on net, seven blocked shots and a minus-4 rating. While he'll be in the mix for a top-four role, Jokiharju has never produced more than 15 points in a season -- that's typically not enough to generate fantasy interest.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Activated off injured reserve

    Jokiharju (lower body) has been removed from injured reserve, per the NHL media site.

    Jokiharju was classified as day-to-day ahead of Sunday's clash with the Rangers and appears to be ready to suit up versus Columbus on Monday. If the defenseman does play, it will be his first appearance in the lineup since Opening Night against the Habs on Oct. 14.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Upgraded to day-to-day

    Jokiharju (lower body) is considered day-to-day but won't play in Sunday's matchup with the Rangers, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

    Jokiharju has been out of action since the season opener against Montreal, a stretch of 15 games on the sidelines. With the Sabres entering a back-to-back, it likely means the blueliner will miss out versus the Jackets on Monday as well, though he hasn't been officially ruled out.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Moved to IR

    Jokiharju (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

    Jokiharju sustained the injury in the season opener against Montreal on Thursday and is expected to be out 2-3 weeks. He recorded eight points in 46 games last year, so his absence doesn't figure to make many fantasy waves.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Out with lower-body injury

    Jokiharju is facing a 2-3 week absence with a lower-body injury.

    Jokiharju logged 16:39 of ice time in the season opener versus Montreal on Wednesday in which he garnered two PIM. The 22-year-old defenseman's spot in the lineup figures to go to Will Butcher, while the team could call up another blueliner from the minors to provide emergency depth. Given the expected length of Jokiharju's absence, he will likely be designated for injured reserve to open up a roster spot.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Signs three-year extension

    Jokiharju signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Sabres on Thursday.

    Just 22 years old and heading into his fourth NHL campaign, Jokiharju has posted a modest 35 points in 153 career games. Young defensemen usually take longer to develop at the NHL level than forwards given the added physicality expectations of the position, so there's still plenty of time for Jokiharju's game to grow. That said, looking for him to put up similar numbers to his final WHL season with Portland (71 points in 62 games in 2017-18) anytime soon would be a stretch.

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  • Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Sneaks in assist

    Jokiharju earned an assist Tuesday, but the Sabres lost to the Bruins in the shootout, 3-2.

    This was the third point in the last four games for Jokiharju, who is averaging 17:26 of ice time as a second-pairing defenseman for a struggling Buffalo team. The Finn has produced three goals and four assists through 32 games while showing flashes of the offensive potential that resulted in the Blackhawks nabbing him 29th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Oulu, Finland
Age: 23
Experience: 4
Shoots: Right