Friday, May 30, 2008

Niemi, Jyri - D - Saskatoon

Jyri Niemi / Saskatoon Blades WHL
D-L / 6-2, 190 / 15-Jun-1990

Skating: 40 / Skill: 65 / Sense: 60 / Compete: 60 / Tough: 50

Strengths: Tremendous shot. Makes quick and confident decisions.

Weaknesses: Pivoting and backward stride are a problem.

Loved him the first time I saw him in October, but it was all downhill after that. Battles physically but is only marginally effective with the body. Still tend to think there's good upside - deserves some late-bloomer hope because he's a June birthdate and a recent convert to defence. Just his shot alone could carry him a long ways, even if only as a PP specialist. Or maybe moving him back to forward might be the best option for his career.

Summary: Like the confidence and hockey sense, and obviously the hard shot is nice.

Target/Want: Would definitely argue heartily for this player with a middle 2nd round pick.

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