Henri Nikkanen

Winnipeg Jets
Photo courtesy of Liiga.fi

Fantasy Summary

Big center with very good skating ability and solid vision. Had an injury-filled draft season, but has lots of desirable tools.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.8
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country FIN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 28, 2001
Height 6‘2”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 4; Overall: 113

Observations

June 2019 – Nikkanen has been drafted 113th overall by the Jets.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2019 – Nikkanen’s draft-eligible year was ruined by an injury that kept him out for a big stretch in the middle of the season. He split the time he was healthy between Liiga, Mestis and Jr. A. Nikkanen was cut from the U18 Worlds team, but one must take into consideration that he played his first games in a while in the training camp, so he was far away from peak form.

Nikkanen continues to be an intriguing prospect due to his set of desirable tools. He is a 6-foot-2 and plays down the middle. He is a very good skater for his size and has silky pair of mitts. Nikkanen’s hockey sense has been a question mark for me in the past, but despite that he could be a very good pick if the injuries make him fall too low in the draft.  Lassi Alanen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 JYP U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 10 4 11 15 2 |          
  JYP U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 27 20 15 35 10 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
 2016-2017 JYP U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 28 13 15 28 4 |          
  JYP U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 13 3 8 11 2 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 6 7 13 4 |          
 2017-2018 JYP U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 50 20 18 38 10 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 3 2 5 0 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 16 9 10 19 8 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 4 1 2 3 2 |          
 2018-2019 Jukurit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 14 2 7 9 18 |          
  Jukurit Liiga 9 2 0 2 0 |          
  Ketterä Mestis 2 1 0 1 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 12 2 9 11 4 |          
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 2 4 6 4 |          
 2019-2020 Jukurit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 15 7 6 13 0 |          
  Jukurit Liiga - - - - - |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 2 0 1 1 0 |          

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