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Niemela

Niemela is an offensive defenseman who likes to jump up in the rush and pinch deep into the offensive zone. He possesses decent speed on the rush and through transition, but his skating could use some work. His strides are a bit choppy. His feet and attentive style of play are a draw, and while…

Date of Birth
March 25, 2002
Position
Defense
Height
5'10.5
Draft Year
2020
Place of Birth
Oulu, FIN  
Shoots
Right
Weight
156 lbs
Draft Result
3/64 (TOR)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Jan 5/22 Niemela Topi 23112 – Germany vs. Finland WJC-20 by Rasmus Tornqvist View Report
Dec 21/21 Niemela Topi 22950 – Finland vs. Team USA WJSS by Mat Sheridan View Report
Oct 6/20 Niemela Topi D3350 – 2020 NHL Draft Guide by FCHockey Staff View Summary
Jul 14/20 Niemela Topi 20754 – Assat vs. Karpat Liiga by Dylan Galloway View Report
Jul 14/20 Niemela Topi 20753 – Karpat U20 vs. TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga by Justin Froese View Report
Jul 14/20 Niemela Topi 20752 – U18 5 Nations Review 5NT by Derek Neumeier View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Kärpät liiga
2019-2020 Kärpät liiga 43 1 6 7 0.16 4 8
December 23, 2021
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December 16, 2021
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December 10, 2021
Kemell, Lambert headline Finland’s entry at 2022 World Juniors
March 3, 2020
FC releases Spring ranking for 2020 NHL Draft
January 11, 2020
FC releases Winter ranking for 2020 Draft

Niemela is an offensive defenseman who likes to jump up in the rush and pinch deep into the offensive zone. He possesses decent speed on the rush and through transition, but his skating could use some work. His strides are a bit choppy. His feet and attentive style of play are a draw, and while he can provide a flashy offensive element, he is at his best managing the game, recovering pucks and kick-starting plays. He is no slouch on the defensive side of the puck, playing a physical game and separating opponents from the puck by closing the gap at the blue line. He’s got a solid poke check that makes it difficult for opponents to get past him. Defensive positioning is good, though he doesn’t win a lot of the battles that he needs to engage in. He’s good at angling plays, using his feet to make on the fly adjustments and keeping gaps tight and using his stick to deter chances, which is relatively effective with the aggressiveness in his demeanor. Offensively, he is smooth and confident with the puck, following through on quick pass attempts and assessing the whole ice before making a rash choice. He is good at finding lanes to get pucks through to the net and even though doesn’t possess a howitzer, he hits his mark and seems to generate scoring chances and rebounds. He has some upside, but he won’t sizzle with creativity.

– FCHockey’s 2020 NHL Draft Guide