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Fantasy Summary

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


Observations

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March 2020 – Nikkanen tore up the Jr. A league in Finland at a point per game pace this season, but his offense sputtered when he made the jump to Liiga — just three points in 27 games. At just 18, he will definitely spend more time in Finland honing his skills before he is ready to make the transition to North America. Jamie Zadow

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

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

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 JYP U16U16 SM-sarja Q10 4 1115 2|        
  JYP U16U16 SM-sarja27 20 1535 10|Playoffs3 1 12
 2016-2017 JYP U18U18 SM-sarja28 13 1528 4|        
  JYP U20U20 SM-sarja13 3 811 2|Playoffs3 1 01
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr11 6 713 4|        
 2017-2018 JYP U20U20 SM-sarja50 20 1838 10|Playoffs4 0 22
  Finland U17WHC-175 3 25 0|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr16 9 1019 8|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr4 1 23 2|        
 2018-2019 Jukurit U20U20 SM-sarja14 2 79 18|        
  JukuritLiiga9 2 02 0|        
  KetteräMestis2 1 01 0|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr12 2 911 4|        
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 2 46 4|        
 2019-2020 Jukurit U20U20 SM-sarja28 13 1528 2|Playoffs3 4 04
  JukuritLiiga27 0 33 8|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr12 5 712 2|        
 2020-2021 JukuritLiiga5 1 34 0|        

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