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Finland Topi Niemelä

#7 Kärpät / Liiga - 22/23
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GAMES
GP
G
A
TP
+/-
5
1
1
2
-2
10
2
1
3
-3
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Last added: David Ezechiele
Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A TP
1. Lara Stalder 26 13 35 48
2. Anna Meixner 26 24 23 47
3. Noora Tulus 26 19 26 45
4. Maja Nylén Persson 26 14 25 39
5. Viivi Vainikka 26 23 14 37
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
D
Age
20
Height
5'11" / 181 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
170 lbs / 77 kg
Nation
Shoots
R
Youth Team
Contract
24/25
Cap Hit
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Highlights
1-time U20 WJC Silver Medal 1
1-time U20 WJC Bronze Medal 1
1-time U20 WJC Best Defenseman 1

He takes phenomenal care of the puck, can distribute through layers in the neutral zone, isn't afraid to use the centre of the ice, and just displays a high level of competence with the puck on his stick. Niemela smartly scans the ice with shoulder checks as he skates to collect the puck, then smartly and decisively acts in a way that quickly moves play in the other direction. -EliteProspects 2020 NHL Draft Guide

Father: Tapio Niemelä

A mobile offensive defenseman, doesn’t hesitate whenever he has a chance to shoot.. needs to limit turnovers against intense forecheck, Draftin Europe 2018
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2016-17 Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 1 0 0 0 0 - |
Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja 2 2 4 6 0 - |
2017-18 Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja 4 6 6 12 0 - | Playoffs 4 2 3 5 0 -
Kärpät U18 U18 SM-sarja 36 2 7 9 36 - | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0 -
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 2 8 10 10 - |
2018-19 Kärpät U18 U18 SM-sarja 6 1 5 6 18 - | Playoffs 1 0 1 1 0 -
Kärpät U20 U20 SM-liiga 39 1 7 8 16 12 | Playoffs 11 1 3 4 2 8
Finland U17 WHC-17 6 0 1 1 2 - |
Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 12 0 3 3 4 - |
Finland U18 WJC-18 5 1 0 1 0 -2 |
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 16 2 3 5 18 - |
2019-20 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-liiga 1 0 1 1 0 1 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0 -2
Kärpät Liiga 43 1 6 7 8 4 |
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 9 0 4 4 2 - |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 9 0 4 4 2 - |
2020-21 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja 6 1 3 4 0 0 |
Kärpät Liiga 15 0 4 4 2 3 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2 0 -1
Finland U20 WJC-20 7 2 6 8 6 4 |
2021-22 Kärpät Liiga 48 10 22 32 20 8 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1 2 0
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 9 2 5 7 8 1 |
Finland U20 “A” WJC-20 7 0 6 6 2 1 |
2022-23 Kärpät Liiga 42 6 6 12 8 -1 |
Finland (all) International 2 0 0 0 0 -2 |
Projected Liiga 58 8 8 16 11 -1 |
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2019-20 Kärpät Champions HL 4 0 2 2 2 1 |
Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 3 0 3 3 0 0 |
2021-22 Finland U20 (all) “A” WJC-20 Cancelled 2 1 0 1 4 6 |
2022-23 Finland EHT 2 0 0 0 0 -2 |
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Game Log
Date Team Opp Score G A TP PIM +/- SOG PPG SHG TOI
Liiga
2023-01-28T13:00:00-0100 Kärpät vs Tappara
2023-01-26T15:30:00-0100 Kärpät @ SaiPa
2023-01-24T15:30:00-0100 Kärpät vs Lukko
2023-01-21T14:00:00-0100 Kärpät vs HIFK
2023-01-18T15:30:00-0100 Kärpät @ Jukurit
2023-01-14T14:00:00-0100 Kärpät vs Ässät
2023-01-12T15:30:00-0100 Kärpät @ Sport
2023-01-07T14:00:00-0100 Kärpät vs TPS
2023-01-05T15:30:00-0100 Kärpät @ Ässät
2023-01-04T15:30:00-0100 Kärpät @ Lukko
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Player Career Totals
League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
Champions HL 1 4 0 2 2 0.50 2 1 | 0
EHT 1 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 -2 | 0
Hlinka Gretzky Cup 1 3 0 3 3 1.00 0 0 | 0
International 1 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 -2 | 0
International-Jr 4 66 6 27 33 0.50 44 1 | 0
Liiga 4 148 17 38 55 0.37 38 14 | 2 10 0 3 3 0.30 2 -1
U16 SM-sarja 2 6 8 10 18 3.00 0 - | 1 4 2 3 5 1.25 0 -
U16 SM-sarja Q 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 - | 0
U18 SM-sarja 2 42 3 12 15 0.36 54 - | 2 2 0 1 1 0.50 0 -
U20 SM-sarja (U20 SM-liiga) 3 46 2 11 13 0.28 16 13 | 2 12 1 3 4 0.33 2 6
WHC-17 1 6 0 1 1 0.17 2 - | 0
WJC-18 1 5 1 0 1 0.20 0 -2 | 0
WJC-20 2 14 2 12 14 1.00 8 5 | 0
WJC-20 Cancelled 1 2 1 0 1 0.50 4 6 | 0
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Teamwork
15
Puckhandling
15
Passing
15
Acceleration
15
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DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
05/13/2022
05/13/2022 Confirmed Kärpät Toronto Maple Leafs
12/29/2021
12/29/2021 Extension Kärpät Kärpät
03/04/2021
03/04/2021 Extension Kärpät Kärpät
05/16/2019
05/16/2019 Extension Kärpät U20 Kärpät
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2020 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #40 by Elite Prospects

2020 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #37 by FCHockey

2020 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #47 by TSN/Craig Button

2020 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #42 by McKeen's Hockey

2020 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #38 by TSN/McKenzie

2020 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #8 by NHL Central Scouting

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