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8 Sami Niku D

Winnipeg Jets

Fantasy Stats
ROST%START%
1%0%
Key Stats
GAPTS+/-PIMTOI
000-3812:58

Player Updates

October 29, 2020 07:04 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Signs two-year contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku signed a two-year, $1.45 million contract with the Jets on Thursday, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.

Niku's name has floated around in trade rumors lately, but it appears the Jets are interested in keeping him around for now. The deal is a bargain for the Finn, who has 10 points in 48 career games. Niku may have trouble breaking into the starting lineup with the Jets, as Dylan DeMelo, Tucker Poolman and Neal Pionk also play on Niku's favored right side. As such, the 24-year-old Niku shouldn't be expected to make much of a contribution to fantasy managers in 2020-21.

October 4, 2020 12:28 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Given qualifying offer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets extended a qualifying offer to Niku on Sunday.

The 23-year-old was limited to a depth role on the blue line for the Jets last season, earning five helpers and 16:10 of ice time across 17 games. Should Niku elect to stay in Winnipeg for the 2020-21 season, he'll become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

May 27, 2020 05:12 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Given clean bill of health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff believes that Niku (lower body) is now healthy, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Niku was dealing with a lower-body injury prior to the NHL's suspension of play, but he should be a full participant when the Jets' unofficial training camp gets underway in July. The 23-year-old blueliner has notched five helpers in 17 games this season.

February 27, 2020 04:32 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Considered week-to-week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku (lower body) was labeled week-to-week by coach Paul Maurice on Wednesday, Mitchell Clinton of JetsTV reports.

Niku seems set to miss a significant chunk of time based on his diagnosis. The team figures to continue rolling with Anthony Bitetto and Tucker Poolman on the third pairing, while Nelson Nogier was promoted from the minors. In 17 appearances for the Jets this season, the 22-year-old Niku has notched five helpers, 27 shots and 19 blocks and may miss out on recording a goal this year.

February 25, 2020 11:20 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Late scratch Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku (lower body) will not suit up in Tuesday's game against the Capitals.

Niku apparently suffered the game during the team's pregame warmup, and it's unclear how serious the injury is. In his stead, Anthony Bitetto will draw into the lineup on the third defensive pair with Tucker Poolman.

February 18, 2020 11:12 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Back from injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku (undisclosed) was plus-2 with one shot Tuesday in a 6-3 win over the Kings.

After having missed the previous two games, Niku drew in on Winnipeg's third defensive pairing and logged just over 14 minutes of ice time, including 1:39 on the power play. The 23-year-old has five assists in 17 games and his role going forward is up in the air following Winnipeg's acquisition of defenseman Dylan DeMelo from Ottawa earlier on Tuesday.

February 18, 2020 04:12 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: In action Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku (undisclosed) will suit up versus the Kings on Tuesday, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.

Niku missed the last two games, in part due to his undisclosed injury, but he will jump back into the lineup for the injured Luca Sbisa (upper body). In six games prior to getting hurt, the 22-year-old Niku notched four assists, six PIM and 12 shots. The Finn's hold on a spot in the lineup is likely tenuous at best, as Anthony Bitetto figures to push for an opportunity.

February 16, 2020 08:28 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Won't suit up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku (undisclosed) will not be in the lineup for Sunday's game against Chicago, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.

Niku has missed the last two contests while dealing with the mystery injury. The 23-year-old blueliner has five assists in 16 NHL games this season. Luca Sbisa will replace him in the lineup again Sunday.

February 14, 2020 02:40 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Dealing with undisclosed injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku has been playing through an undisclosed injury, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Niku notched four helpers in his last six appearances but continues to search for his first goal of the 2019-20 campaign. It doesn't sound like Niku's injury factored into the decision to bump him from the lineup against San Jose on Friday; however, the blueliner will be in the press box all the same.

February 12, 2020 11:32 AM
Jets' Sami Niku: Garners assist Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku registered one assist, four shots and two hits in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

While Niku has put up four helpers in his last six outings, the blueliner is still looking for his first goal of the 2019-20 campaign. Once the Jets get both Luca Sbisa (lower body) and Tucker Poolman (lower body) back from injury, the youngster Niku could find himself back in the minors with AHL Manitoba.

February 5, 2020 12:28 AM
Jets' Sami Niku: Registers assist in overtime loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku picked up an assist and two hits in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Predators.

Niku has three of his four assists this season in the last two games. He's added 13 hits, 17 blocked shots, 16 shots on goal and eight PIM in 12 contests. The Finn, a seventh-round pick from 2015, is growing into a larger role on the Jets' blue line. He's not likely to do enough to make an impact in fantasy, however.

January 15, 2020 09:12 AM
Jets' Sami Niku: Grabs helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku registered an assist in Tuesday's 4-0 rout of Vancouver.

Niku's helper was his first point of the year, having been limited to just five outings. Since being recalled at the start of the new year, the young blueliner is averaging a mere 15:32 of ice time in four outings. The Finn figures to remain in the lineup with Tucker Poolman (lower body), Carl Dahlstrom (upper body) and Dmitry Kulikov (illness) all dealing with ailments.

January 2, 2020 03:12 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Promoted from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku was called up from AHL Manitoba on Thursday.

Niku earns the promotion from the minors due to Nathan Beaulieu's (lower body) extended absence. While Carl Dahlstrom figures to have the inside track at a roster spot, Niku could see minutes given his offensive upside.

October 11, 2019 12:16 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Sent to bus league
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets reassigned Niku to AHL Manitoba on Friday.

Josh Morrissey (upper body) returned to action following a two-game absence Thursday against Minnesota, so the Jets are no longer in need of Niku's services as a depth defenseman. The 23-year-old Finn appeared in one game during his brief stay with the big club, going scoreless while logging one shot on goal in 17:01 of ice time.

October 7, 2019 02:32 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Called up from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku was recalled from AHL Manitoba on Monday, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.

Niku's promotion comes as Dmitry Kulikov leaves the team to tend to a personal matter. The 22-year-old Niku has notched a pair of helpers through the first two games of the AHL season, but is unlikely to break into the Jets' lineup over Anthony Bitetto or Tucker Poolman.

October 1, 2019 04:36 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Sent down to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku (groin) was reassigned to AHL Manitoba on Tuesday.

With Nathan Beaulieu (upper body) on injured reserve and Dustin Byfuglien (personal) still away from the team, Niku was expected to take on a bigger role this season. Instead, the Jets turned to the waiver wire for added blue line depth in the form of Carl Dahlstrom. Once Niku can prove he's fully recovered from the groin injury that hampered him during preseason, he should be back in the mix for Winnipeg.

September 26, 2019 05:48 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Suffers groin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku is considered day-to-day due to a groin issue, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.

Niku was likely going to make the 23-man roster for Opening Night, but will likely see the biggest uptick in minutes as a result of Dustin Byfuglien's (personal) absence. The young blueliner won't be in the lineup for Saturday's preseason finale versus Minnesota, which raises concerns regarding his availability against the Rangers on Oct. 3.

September 17, 2019 04:56 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Suiting up Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku (undisclosed) will be in action versus Minnesota on Wednesday.

Niku was held out the first preseason game due to his undisclosed injury, but has been given the all-clear. The 22-year-old is in the mix for a spot on the 23-man roster, though he will face challenges from Anthony Bitetto and Logan Stanley. Even if Niku does make the team, he may have to serve as a healthy scratch from time to time.

September 14, 2019 03:44 PM
Jets' Sami Niku: Not hurt in car accident
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Paul Maurice said Niku was involved in a car accident Friday but is OK, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.

Even though he's healthy, Niku skated in a separate practice session from the team Saturday. He should be fine for the season opener Oct. 3 versus the Rangers, and look for him to get back onto the ice for Monday's preseason game versus the Oilers.

March 4, 2019 12:12 AM
Jets' Sami Niku: Pots first goal of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niku scored a goal in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets.

He opened the scoring 2:21 into the first period with his first goal of the season, and just his second in 19 career NHL games. Niku has some fantasy upside, scoring 19 goals and 66 points in 96 games for AHL Manitoba since coming to North America from Finland, but the 22-year-old's role remains uncertain once the Jets' blue line gets healthier.

Last 7 Games
DateOpponentResultGAPTS+/-TOI
03/01vs VANL 0-4000-214:00
02/27vs MONW 2-1 (OT)000013:02
02/25vs MONW 6-3000+113:28
01/19@ OTTW 4-3 (OT)000-110:14
01/18@ TORL 1-3000-114:22
01/14vs CGYW 4-3 (OT)000012:42
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/176
Birthdate:
10/10/1996
Age:
24
Hometown:
Haapavesi, Finland
Team:
Winnipeg Jets
School:

NHL Experience:
3