Antti Suomela

San Jose Sharks
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Fantasy Summary

Suomela has the skills to step in to San Jose’s top six and produce, but it may take time for his skills to transition. Think Joonas Donskoi but slightly better


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country FIN
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 17, 1994
Height 6‘0”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

December 2018 – Suomela was returned to the AHL after being healthy scratched for a couple of games in favour of Lukas Radil. Suomela has played on both the third and fourth lines for the Sharks this season. He started out hot but slowed down a bit of late, this reassignment could be a motivating tool. However, it could just be the Sharks like what they see in Radil right now and would rather have Suomela playing in the AHL than eating popcorn in the press box. Either way Suomela remains a strong option for the Sharks moving forward, his fantasy value depends on how high in the lineup he plays. There isn’t much room up the middle for the Sharks. Chris Legg

 

October 2018 – Suomela is off to a great start to his NHL career. It looks like Doug Wilson has done it again, finding another effective player overseas to plug a hole in the line-up. The Finnish forward’s four points in 11 games up to this point don’t really do his play justice as he’s looked like one of the Sharks’ better forwards at times. His fantasy value will be somewhat limited for now as he’s not going to see big minutes in the Sharks’ top six, but he can help in deeper leagues, especially those which count faceoff wins. He has some keeper value as well if and when Joe Thornton moves on to greener pastures. Chris Legg

September 2018 – Sharks fans are used to Doug Wilson’s European free agent acquisitions coming into the league and having an immediate impact. Antti Suomela might be the next to do just that. He’s been impressing just about anybody who’s watching while playing on the Sharks third line during pre-season. With five points in four pre-season games, Suomela’s production has been an encouraging sign for the player expected to fill the void left by Chris Tierney’s departure. The Sharks third line should be able to outperform most other NHL third lines, so it’s not unreasonable to think he could land in the 40 to 50 point range this season if the stars align. Chris Legg

August 2018 – The Sharks signed Finnish centre Antti Soumela to a one-year contract in June of this year. Soumela has played three seasons in the Liiga, Finland’s top professional league. Each season Soumela has improved rather dramatically, culminating in the last campaign in which he was the league’s top scorer and earned himself an NHL contract. Keep an eye on Soumela, he has scoring ability but it’s always tough to project whether or not it will translate to the NHL. San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has been quick to mention him when discussing possible roster composition for the coming season. He has a good chance at making the Sharks right out of the gate in a top nine role. Chris Legg


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Kiekko-Espoo U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 7 1 1 2 0 |          
  Kiekko-Espoo U16 Jr. C I-divisioona 12 7 5 12 2 |          
 2010-2011 Kiekko-Espoo U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 3 0 1 1 2 |          
  Kiekko-Espoo U18 Jr. B I-divisioona 17 6 3 9 0 |          
 2011-2012 Blues U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 28 3 9 12 14 | Playoffs 12 4 1 5 16 
  Blues U18 Akatemia Jr. B SM-sarja Q 10 3 11 14 2 |          
  Blues U18 Akatemia Jr. B I-divisioona 5 5 3 8 0 |          
 2012-2013 Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 17 2 7 9 6 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Blues U20 Akatemia Jr. A Mestis 10 6 4 10 8 |          
 2013-2014 Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 40 11 17 28 36 | Playoffs 11 1 5 6
  Blues U20 U20 Super Challenge 5 2 1 3 2 |          
 2014-2015 Blues U20 JCWC 4 1 2 3 2 |          
  Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 44 27 38 65 12 | Playoffs 9 6 4 10
 2015-2016 Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 6 5 7 12 2 | Playoffs 9 3 8 11
  Blues Champions HL 4 1 0 1 2 |          
  Blues Liiga 52 13 13 26 20 |          
 2016-2017 JYP Liiga 58 22 23 45 37 | Playoffs 15 4 2 6
  JYP Champions HL 8 5 0 5 2 |          
  Finland EHT 3 0 0 0 4 |          
  Finland (all) International 3 0 0 0 4 |          
 2017-2018 JYP Liiga 59 21 39 60 6 | Playoffs 6 1 2 3
  JYP Champions HL 12 3 3 6 0 |          
  Finland EHT 5 3 2 5 2 |          
  Finland WC 4 1 0 1 0 |          
  Finland (all) International 12 5 5 10 2 |          
 2018-2019 San Jose Sharks NHL 27 3 5 8 4 |          
  San Jose Barracuda AHL 47 6 14 20 14 | Playoffs 1 0 1 1

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