New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Jyri Niemi from the New York Islanders in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Rangers and Niemi have agreed to terms on a contract.
"2007-08: This talented Finn had a nice season in Saskatoon, putting up 34 points (14 goals) in 49 games from the blueline. He had some issues with a bad wrist and a foot injury, which limited his appearances. He was clearly able to contribute when he was in the lineup, however. Also of note is the power of his shot, clocked at 97 mph at the Top Prospects Competition. He has had surgery on his hip, too, and this clearly contributed to his dropping a bit on draft day."
4. Jyri Niemi, D – Saskatoon Blades (WHL): If the Finns get to the medal round (which they likely will), Niemi will be playing on home ice. But his responsibility will begin in Regina during the round robin. Finland's prospects will peak next year, meaning the 2010 tourney will be decided by older juniors such as Niemi, who has improved on last year's down season. Drafted 72nd overall by the Islanders in 2008.
Klassen played 17 more games and recorded 1 more point. Also, points arent everything when it comes to defenseman.
I know, observe the +/-
The point im trying to make is that a 3rd round pick that atm doesnt appear to be any higher on the prospect depth chart than Kundratek is not a move I get excited about. He wasnt even on their top 20 prospects.