Jyri Niemi skates in at #23. Acquired from the New York Islanders for a 2010 6th round pick, skating for the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, Niemi put together a total of 8 goals 21 assists and 29 points, with 67 PIMs and a +9 rating in 50 games. A winner of the 2008 Hardest slap shot contest clocking in at 97 mph, Niemi also ranked 1st among rookie defensemen in goals (14) in the 2007-2008 season, as well as 3rd in rookie points (34). Considered a good skater, stick handler, and well poised, he switched over from forward 4+ seasons ago. Captained the Finnish junior team 2010. His defensive game still needs to improve in order for him to make the jump to the pro level.
PLEASE WRITE IN YOUR NOMINATIONS
NYR Prospect Ranking
1. (+3) Derek Stepan (C) - Drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2008 Draft
2. (+5) Chris Kreider (LW) - Drafted in the 1st Round of the 2009 Draft
3. (+0) Evgeny Grachev (LW) - Drafted in the 3rd Round of the 2008 Draft
4. (+2) Ryan McDonagh (D) - Drafted in the 1st Round by Montreal in the 2007 Draft.
5. (NR) Mats Zuccarello Aasen (F) - Undrafted, Signed by NYR in 2010.
6. (NR) Dylan Mcilrath (D) - Drafted in the 1st Round in the 2010 Draft
7. (+2) Ethan Werek (F) - Drafted in the 2nd Round in the 2009 Draft
8. (+6) Dale Weise (F) - Drafted in the 4th Round in the 2008 Draft.
9. (NR) Christian Thomas (F) - Drafted in the 2nd Round in the 2010 Draft.
10. (+3) Carl Hagelin (LW) - Drafted in the 6th Round in the 2007 Draft
11. (-1) Chad Johnson (G) - Drafted by Pittsburgh in the 5th Round of the 2006 Draft
12. (+0) Mike Sauer (D) - Drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2005 Draft.
12. (+7) Pavel Valentenko (D) - Drafted by the Montreal Canadians in the 5th Round of the 2006 Draft.
14. (+1) Ryan Bourque (LW) - Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 Draft.
15. (+10) Mikhail Pashnin (D) - Drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 Draft.
16. (+0) Dane Byers (LW) - Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2004 Draft.
17. (+3) Roman Horak (C) - Drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 Draft.
18. (-1) Tomas Kundratek (D) - Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 Draft.
19. (NR) Andrew Yogan (C) - Drafted in the 4th Round in the 2010 Draft
20. (+4) Brodie Dupont (LW) - Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2005 Draft.
21. (NR) Jesper Fasth (C) - Drafted in the 6th Round in the 2010 Draft
22. (NR) Jyri Niemi (D) - Drafted in the 3rd Round by Islanders in the 2008 Draft.
Added; Jason Wilson. Nominations went to Cam Talbot, Sam Klassen, and Randy McNaught.
Nigel Williams was last mid-term's #23 in prospect ranking.
PLEASE NOTE, I WILL BE M.I.A. NEXT WEEK. SOMEONE WILL NEED TO TAKE OVER
went with Williams. I'd like to know from one of our Hartford folks how good/bad Williams is. Last season, he went on a bit of a tear scoring 12 points in 17 games from mid-January to Feb. Did he earn those points or did he just benefit from the good play of others?
every Hartford fan I know was complaining about his play last year. If you're 22 and not a "good" AHL defenseman, chances are you wont be an NHLer.
Sauer and Potter were better at the same age and have only gotten sniffs of the NHL
I just want to know what was up with that 12 points in 17 games streak near the mid-end of the season. was he having a breakthrough? And if age is a leading indicator, Gilroy is screwed. just because you've played games in the NHL doesn't mean you'll stick. There's no two ways about it. He needs to get better. Either to have a breakthrough or to increase his trade value.
No problem with Williams getting placed this low though.