Markus Hännikäinen

Columbus Blue Jackets
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Fantasy Summary

Versatile player with scoring potential, a hard, accurate shot, and crafty defensive game.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country FIN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 26, 1993
Height 6‘1”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

February 2018 – Shuttled between AHL Cleveland and Columbus six times since January 18, Hännikäinen’s NHL role has diminished as he hasn’t gotten any CBJ playing time for nearly a month. Averaging just 7:58 TOI this year in the face of their plethora of injuries, perhaps he’ll gather more minutes in the future, but as he’s soon turning 25 years of age with just two goals and two assists on the year one has to wonder. Kevin Wickersham  

December 2017 – Hännikäinen has served at both left and right wing in his stints with Columbus this year, showing flashes of often untapped scoring prowess. With two goals and two assists during an early November four-game span he seemed to catch his offensive stride, but he’s just not getting enough NHL ice time, averaging 8:23 minutes per game, to sustain it. Kevin Wickersham

October 2017 – No doubt helped by the fact he’s on a one-way contract, Hännikäinen was named to the Blue Jackets’ opening roster and appears slated for fourth-line duty next to Lukas Sedlak and Zac Dalpe. With only ten previoius games of NHL experience he will hope to make a good impression early, as newly-signed Josh Anderson’s AHL stay shouldn’t be long and Hännikäinen profiles as a top reassignment candidate. Kevin Wickersham 

July 2017 – Regularly trekking between AHL Cleveland and the Blue Jackets last year, Hännikäinen strengthened his cause for an NHL roster spot with two goals (including a game-winner against Norway) and one assist in the recent 2017 IIHF World Championships for Team Finland. Off-season relocations of Sam Gagner to Vancouver and William Karlsson to Vegas elevate the 24-year-old Hännikäinen’s chances to extend upon his 2016-17 ten-game Columbus stint. Fired a Cleveland-high 177 shots last season, averaging 3.11 per contest. Now is the time for him to take a leap forward. With 107 career AHL contests under his belt featuring 26 goals, 31 assists, a promising, heavy shot and clutch offensive and defensive performances, the Monsters’ alternate captain and top goal-scorer with 19 last year (also tops on the man-advantage with six) needs to prove himself soon or risk branding as an NHL fifth-liner. His knack for stealing the puck might play well in a bottom-six role should NHL points not come easy. Hännikäinen’s two-year deal runs through 2018-19. Kevin Wickersham


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Jokerit U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 8 6 12 18 4 |          
  Jokerit U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 22 10 21 31 6 | Playoffs 8 3 7 10
 2009-2010 Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 8 6 5 11 6 |          
  Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 14 8 5 13 2 | Playoffs 4 0 3 3
 2010-2011 Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 5 1 3 4 0 |          
  Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 2 0 1 1 2 | Playoffs 2 0 4 4
  Jokerit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 36 7 12 19 12 | Playoffs 9 1 1 2
  Finland U18 WJC-18 6 1 0 1 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 23 7 4 11 4 |          
 2011-2012 Jokerit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 16 6 7 13 12 | Playoffs 12 5 5 10
  Jokerit ET 4 0 1 1 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Jokerit Liiga 15 0 0 0 4 |          
  Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 10 2 0 2 4 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 0 1 1 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 4 3 7 6 |          
 2012-2013 Jokerit ET 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Jokerit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 11 7 7 14 4 |          
  Jokerit Liiga 20 0 1 1 4 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 21 3 6 9 4 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 0 0 0 8 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 11 1 1 2 4 |          
 2013-2014 Jokerit ET 5 0 2 2 0 |          
  Jokerit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 4 3 0 3 0 | Playoffs 4 1 3 4
  Jokerit Liiga 18 3 3 6 4 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1
  Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 15 2 5 7 2 |          
  HPK Liiga 4 0 0 0 4 |          
 2014-2015 JYP Liiga 60 19 27 46 51 | Playoffs 12 4 5 9
  JYP Champions HL 8 3 2 5 0 |          
 2015-2016 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 50 7 13 20 20 | Playoffs 16 3 7 10
 2016-2017 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 10 1 1 2 6 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 57 19 18 37 22 |          
  Finland EHT 3 0 2 2 0 |          
  Finland WC 10 2 1 3 2 |          
  Finland (all) International 13 2 2 4 2 |          
 2017-2018 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 33 3 3 6 6 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 8 0 3 3 0 |          
 2018-2019 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL - - - - - |          

Highlights