Niko Mikkola

St. Louis Blues
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Fantasy Summary

Depth NHL Defenseman


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 27, 1996
Height 6‘5”
Weight 205 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 5; Overall: 127

Observations

June 2018: Having wrapped up yet another strong season in the Finnish Liiga, the Blues signed the defensive prospect to a two year deal. Mikkola averaged over 20 minutes a night for Tappara putting up 11 points in 50 games. The physical defenseman has never been a massive points producer but his strong skating and “iq” with the puck makes him valuable on the back end. A consistent staple for the Finnish National team, Mikkola will be making his North American debut this coming year for the San Antonio Rampage. Josh Epstein

September 2017 – Mikkola spent 2016-2017 with KalPa Kuopio of  Finland’s elite league. For 2017-2018 Mikkola will be playing for Tappara, also of Finland’s elite league. In 2016-2017 Mikkola played 56 games and was averaging 20:27 TOI, and almost doubled his shot totals with 111 shots.  He had 89 minutes of penalty time.  His four goals and 11 assists are indicative of the fact that he projects as a defensive defenseman.  Although +/- is not especially insightful as a statistic, it is worth noting that he was +6 in 2016-2017.  Doug Abrams

January 2016 – The Blues drafted Mikkola with the success of Colton Parayko in mind. Niko is a late-bloomer that uses his large frame to win battles. However, what really separated Mikkola, in the mind of the Blues, was his ability to skate. A big body that possesses good lateral quickness is something that really impressed the Blues. He plays a responsible game without a lot careless turnovers with good passes. The Finnish defenseman has a strong shot from the point, which could turn into a power play weapon at some point of his development.

At just 19 he is still a very raw prospect that has a lot of maturing to do. He is currently playing in Finland’s elite league for Kal Pa Kuopio with only five points in 36 games, but he has plenty of time to grow. His Kal Pa contract expires after this season, so the Blues could have him playing for the Chicago Wolves in the AHL next year. Niko played for the Finns in the World Junior’s and had a very good tournament, where he didn’t score many points but played a good defensive game with a +3 for the tournament. His path to the NHL will come from his defensive development, offensive ability is still a question mark. –Matt Kowalski


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Kärpät U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2011-2012 Kärpät U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 8 0 0 0 4 |          
  Kärpät U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 24 0 1 1 10 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
 2012-2013 KalPa U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 12 0 0 0 6 |          
 2013-2014 KalPa U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 46 4 13 17 103 | Playoffs 8 0 2 2
 2014-2015 KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 37 9 14 23 80 |          
  KalPa Liiga 10 0 1 1 4 |          
  Hokki Mestis 5 1 0 1 8 | Playoffs 7 0 1 1
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 7 0 2 2 6 |          
 2015-2016 KalPa Champions HL 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  KalPa U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 8 0 1 1 10 
  KalPa Liiga 55 3 6 9 22 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 0 1 1 6 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 17 0 1 1 18 |          
 2016-2017 KalPa Liiga 56 4 11 15 89 | Playoffs 10 1 2 3
  KalPa Champions HL 8 0 2 2 10 |          
  Finland EHT 6 0 0 0 4 |          
  Finland (all) International 6 0 0 0 4 |          
 2017-2018 Tappara Liiga 50 2 9 11 54 | Playoffs 16 0 1 1 10 
  Tappara Champions HL 8 0 2 2 0 |          
  Finland EHT 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland (all) International 5 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 San Antonio Rampage AHL 70 2 7 9 41 |          
  Finland EHT 3 0 0 0 2 |          
  Finland WC 6 1 3 4 0 |          
  Finland (all) International - - - - - |          

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