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January 17, 2021 12:40 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Moves to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola was recalled from the taxi squad Sunday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

The Blues placed Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) on injured reserve Sunday, and Mikkola was called up to add depth on the blue line. At 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, Mikkola is a strong stay-at-home defenseman that will add physicality during Bortuzzo's absence. Carl Gunnarsson may end up slotting into the third pairing instead of Mikkola, though.

January 12, 2021 03:52 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Shifts to taxi squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola was assigned to AHL Utica on Tuesday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

Mikkola failed to make the NHL roster, but he was handed an impossible task with St. Louis' crowded blue line. The 24-year-old will add depth on the Blues' taxi squad moving forward. The 6-foot-4 blueliner is a sturdy defender that can play up and down the lineup if necessary.

February 18, 2020 04:16 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Shuffles back to AHL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Blues reassigned Mikkola to AHL San Antonio on Tuesday.

Mikkola was called up last week but watched all three games from the press box. His chances of getting back into the lineup this season have gone down further, barring injuries, as the Blues traded a second-round pick to acquire Marco Scandella from the Canadiens. Still, the 23-year-old has proved his worth and was signed to a two-year, one-way contract extension in January, so he'll be able to battle for a full-time role in 2020-21.

February 12, 2020 09:16 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Joining parent club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola was called up from AHL San Antonio on Wednesday.

The Finnish defenseman was brought up to cover for Jay Bouwmeester (chest) after the latter suffered a cardiac episode Tuesday. Mikkola has one assist in five appearances for the Blues during a stint with the big club in January.

January 30, 2020 02:20 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Inks two-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola signed a two-year, one-way extension worth $787,500 with the Blues on Thursday.

Mikkola earned his first NHL action this year due to injuries, and he immediately drew praise from head coach Craig Berube, who felt confident enough to keep him in the lineup for five games. The big-bodied defenseman (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) fits St. Louis' blue-line pedigree, and he looks NHL-ready. He's never going to stack up points, but his defensive play is strong and he doesn't shy away from contact. With question marks surrounding Blues defensemen -- Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester will both be unrestricted free agents in July -- Mikkola has a good chance at making the Opening Night roster next year.

January 18, 2020 07:12 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Heads to AHL during bye week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola was assigned to AHL San Antonio on Saturday, Lou Korac of reports.

The 23-year-old defenseman will see plenty of ice time in the minors while the Blues enjoy their bye week, and it's likely Mikkola gets called up when the defending champs reconvene in Vancouver on Jan. 27.

January 10, 2020 03:24 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Notches first NHL point
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola recorded an assist and a plus-3 rating over 15:31 of ice time in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Sabres.

Mikkola dished out an assist on Tyler Bozak's first-period score, which went down as the game-winner. It was also Mikkola's first NHL point. The 23-year-old is an exciting prospect for the Blues, not because of his offensive upside but because of his defensive play. The 2015 fifth-round pick fits the Blues' defensive brand, too, as he stands at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds is willing to be physical.

January 7, 2020 01:36 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: NHL debut on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola will make his NHL debut in Tuesday's home game versus the Sharks, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

Mikkola -- a fifth-round pick in 2015 -- has played 100 AHL games, accruing four goals and 20 points, and he'll finally get his shot at the top level since Colton Parayko (upper body) and Carl Gunnarsson (arm) can't go. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound blueliner is known for his defensive acumen, and he'll work on the bottom pairing with Robert Bortuzzo.

January 6, 2020 11:08 AM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Back with big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Blues recalled Mikkola from AHL San Antonio on Monday.

Mikkola spent a couple weeks with the Blues during December, but he didn't make his NHL debut. The 23-year-old will have another chance as Jake Walman heads down in a corresponding move. Mikkola's best chance to crack the lineup would be if Colton Parayko (undisclosed) can't play Tuesday versus the Sharks.

December 13, 2019 05:32 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Summoned by big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

St. Louis recalled Mikkola from AHL San Antonio on Friday.

The Blues placed Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) on injured reserve in a corresponding move, so Mikkola will round out the team's depth at defense for the foreseeable future. The 23-year-old has notched eight points in 26 AHL appearances this season.

October 5, 2018 11:01 AM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Sent down a level
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Friday.

Mikkola was scratched from Thursday's season opener versus the Bruins. Following the 4-0 home loss, the Blues decided to have the 2015 fifth-round pick head back to the minors in favor of depth forward Chris Thorburn. Neither move has tangible fantasy implications.

October 2, 2018 07:33 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Makes 23-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola will start the season on the Blues' active roster.

With plenty of questions surrounding St. Louis' blue line -- Joel Edmundson (groin) is uncertain for Opening Night on top of Robert Bortuzzo's suspension -- Mikkola was retained in case there are further hiccups. The 22-year-old had a solid training camp and could draw in Thursday against the Jets, but expect his ice time to be limited in that case. His stint with the big club isn't expected to last long.

May 31, 2018 04:33 PM
Blues' Niko Mikkola: Secures two-year ELC
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mikkola signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Blues on Thursday.

Mikkola caught the attention of the Blues' international scouts and was chosen by St. Louis in the fifth round (No. 127 overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. This past season, after bringing home a gold medal with Finland at the 2016 U-20 World Junior Championship, he accumulated 11 points and 54 PIM over 50 contests in the SM-liiga circuit.

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