FC Rank 37
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156 lbs
Place of Birth
Oulu, FIN  

Niemela is a smooth-skating defenseman with great on-ice awareness who can make a difference in all three zones. What sets him apart compared to his peers is his composure with the puck on his stick. While under pressure in the defensive zone, he can hit his teammates with a crisp pass in transition or skate it out himself, quickly accelerating past opponents. In the offensive zone, he does a great job at making plays through multiple defensive layers, finding teammates in the slot and high danger areas with ease. He is also solid defensively, keeping opposing players to the outside of the defensive zone, limiting their chances of generating a quality scoring chance. He has a quick stick and routinely breaks up passing plays. Niemela sometimes struggles with being outmuscled by bigger opponents so he will need to continue to add more weight onto his frame to be more effective at the NHL level. In terms of growth, Niemela continues to look more confident with the puck every time I watch him. He knows it’s a strength in his game and he uses it to his advantage. Overall, Niemela excels as a puck-moving defenseman who can create plays off the rush but he needs to get stronger before he makes the jump to the next level.

Mat Sheridan
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Game Results

July 31, 2021
Team USA (Blue)

Player Report

Skating 7
Shooting 5
Puckhandling 6
Playmaking 7
Offensive Awareness 7
Defensive Awareness 6
Compete 6

Topi Niemela's Reports

Jan 5/22 Topi Niemela 23112 – Germany vs. Finland WJC-20 by Rasmus Tornqvist View Summary
Dec 21/21 Topi Niemela 22950 – Finland vs. Team USA WJSS by Mat Sheridan View Summary
Oct 6/20 Topi Niemela D3350 – 2020 NHL Draft Guide by FCHockey Staff View Summary
Jul 14/20 Topi Niemela 20754 – Assat vs. Karpat Liiga by Dylan Galloway View Summary
Jul 14/20 Topi Niemela 20753 – Karpat U20 vs. TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga by Justin Froese View Summary
Jul 14/20 Topi Niemela 20752 – U18 5 Nations Review 5NT by Derek Neumeier View Summary