Markus Niemeläinen

Player Facts
  • Position
    D
  • Height
    6'6" / 197 cm
  • Weight
    205 lbs / 93 kg
  • Shoots
    L
  • Contract
    18/19

A complete all-around defenceman that makes the game look easy. Natural size and strength compliment his smooth stride. Very mobile skater who moves up and down the ice quickly, with acute recognition of puck and body position. His maturity and poise is actualized in his high-percentage decision-making, with and without the puck, as well as his proactive stick and body play. Very stable defensively and always takes his lane, but is quick to rush the puck up the ice as he recognizes and accounts for how much time his team is spending in their own end. All-in-all, a quick-thinking defenceman that, honestly lacking nothing, has the potential to develop into a reliable two-way defenceman. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

Family relations
Brother: Matias Niemeläinen

An all-situations defender, Niemelainen contributes on the power play and does some good work on the penalty kill, Futureconsiderations.ca 2016
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2011-12 HPK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 8 0 4 4 4 |
2012-13 HPK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 9 3 8 11 8 |
HPK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 31 3 6 9 10 |
HPK U17 Jr. B2 SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 9 2 3 5 2
HPK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1 2
2013-14 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 1 1 2 0 |
Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 10 0 4 4 4 |
Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 40 3 11 14 14 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 0
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 1 4 5 6 7 |
2014-15 HPK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 4 0 2 2 0 |
HPK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 39 2 14 16 28 24 | Playoffs 12 0 5 5 4 8
Finland U17 WHC-17 6 1 0 1 2 |
Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 14 1 3 4 6 5 |
Finland U18 WJC-18 7 0 0 0 0 -2 |
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 12 0 0 0 2 -6 |
2015-16 Saginaw Spirit OHL 65 1 26 27 28 -23 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0 0 -6
Finland U18 WJC-18 7 0 1 1 6 1 |
2016-17 Saginaw Spirit OHL 59 3 6 9 40 -5 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 8 1 0 1 6 -7 |
2017-18 HPK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0 2 -1
HPK Liiga 42 1 2 3 24 -12 |
LeKi Mestis 1 0 0 0 0 -1 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 9 0 1 1 4 |
2018-19 HPK Liiga - - - - - |
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2014-15 Finland U17 EYOF 3 0 3 3 2 7 |
2015-16 Finland U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 0 2 2 6 3 |
2017-18 HPK Spengler Cup 3 0 0 0 0 -2 |
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
EYOF 3 0 3 3 1.00 2 7 |
Hlinka Memorial 5 0 2 2 0.40 6 3 |
International-Jr 54 3 8 11 0.20 24 -1 |
Jr. A SM-liiga 39 2 14 16 0.41 28 24 | 17 0 5 5 0.29 6 7
Jr. B SM-sarja 44 3 13 16 0.36 14 0 | 6 0 1 1 0.17 2 0
Jr. B2 SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 | 9 2 3 5 0.56 2 0
Jr. C SM-sarja 49 3 14 17 0.35 18 0 |
Jr. C SM-sarja Q 10 4 9 13 1.30 8 0 |
Liiga 42 1 2 3 0.07 24 -12 |
Mestis 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 -1 |
OHL 124 4 32 36 0.29 68 -28 | 4 0 0 0 0.00 0 -6
Spengler Cup 3 0 0 0 0.00 0 -2 |
WHC-17 6 1 0 1 0.17 2 0 |
WJC-18 14 0 1 1 0.07 6 -1 |
Career Highlights
Season
Awards by season
Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
10/22/2017
10/22/2017 Loan HPK LeKi
04/28/2017
04/28/2017 Confirmed Saginaw Spirit HPK
07/22/2015
07/22/2015 Confirmed HIFK Saginaw Spirit
06/01/2015
06/01/2015 Confirmed HPK U20 HIFK
Player Biography and Trivia

Drafted 2015, 1 #18 overall by Saginaw Spirit in the CHL Import Draft

Drafted 2015, 3 #63 overall by Dinamo Riga in the KHL Draft

Drafted 2015, 13 #199 overall by Fargo Force in the USHL Entry Draft

2016 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #42 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM

2016 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #63 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS

2016 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #62 by ISS HOCKEY

2016 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #48 by MCKEEN'S HOCKEY

2016 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #52 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters

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