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Markus Niemeläinen

Date of Birth August 6, 1998
Height 6' 5.75
Weight 190
Country Finland
Position Defense
Shoots Left
Amateur Team Saginaw Spirit
Previous Amateur Team Hameenlinna HPK
Draft History
Drafted in 2016 NHL Draft: 3rd Round, 63rd Overall Pick by Edmonton Edmonton
DraftSite Scouting Report Rising defensive import who is very tall and rangy. He displays an active long stick, and moreover, excellent four direction skating ability. High end hockey sense and a calm poise aid his carries, even under heavy pressure. He makes that long stretch pass very well. Has the size and feet to knock attackers off the puck, retrieve it, and get it going the other way. physical attributes. He is still adjusting to the smaller North American ice surfaces, but the ability to adjust with quick reactions, and attack and defend continue to improve with each game. The small attackers don’t really get away from him and he is intelligent when part of the attack. Still developing, with great tools and toolbox, so it may take some time, but he will caught the attention of a NHL fairly early.Played well for his home country in the Worlds U-20.

—Bill Placzek—
2016 NHL Mock DraftRd # Team
DraftSite Mock Draft Projection127Tampa Bay Tampa Bay
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Version 10: 04-11-2016126Winnipeg Winnipeg
Version 9: 03-22-2016128St. Louis St. Louis
Version 8: 03-12-2016125Arizona Arizona
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