Jyri Niemi (D)
2011-12: Led Greenville (ECHL) defensemen in goals (9) and finished second among team blueliners in points (21)…Registered fourth-most PIM (82) on Greenville (ECHL) squad…Reassigned by NY Rangers from Whale to Greenville (ECHL) 11/9…Notched his first point of the season with an assist on first goal of game 10/23 vs. Springfield…2010-11: Injured 2/21 @ Portland and missed Whale 15 games (returned to action 3/27 @ Providence)…Had assists in consecutive games (0-2-2) 2/6 vs. Portland and 2/9 @ Toronto…Netted his first pro goal in 3-2 win vs. Bridgeport 2/4 (Third Star)…Had assists in back-to-back games (0-2-2) 12/4-12/11, for his first career pro points streak…Notched his first pro point with an assist in 5-2 win @ Springfield 11/19…Tied for game high with team-high four shots, 10/16 @ Bridgeport…Made pro debut 10/15 @ Albany…2009-10: Scored second-most playoff goals (2) among Saskatoon (WHL) defensemen…Finished regular season second among Saskatoon defensemen in goals, and third in assists and points (8-21-29 in 50 GP)…Captained Finnish team at World Junior Championship, and tied for second-most goals by a defenseman in tournament. Scored second-most goals on Finland team, and tied for third on team in points (3-2-5 in 6 GP)…2008-09: Led Saskatoon (WHL) squad in playoff assists (6), and finished second on team, and first among blueliners, in postseason points (7)…Notched second-most regular-season points, goals and assists among Saskatoon defensemen (7-25-32 in 60 GP)…Skated for Finland at World Junior Championship, tallying 2-1-3 in 6 GP…2007-08: Led WHL rookie defensemen in goals (14), and finished third among first-year blueliners in points (34)…Tied for fifth-most goals on Saskatoon team…Led Saskatoon defensemen in goals, and finished second on team in points by a defenseman…Won hardest-shot competition at 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game, with a drive of 97 MPH…Transactions: Acquired by NY Rangers via trade with NY Islanders, in exchange for a 6th-rd. draft pick, 5/25/10...Drafted: 3rd rd. (72nd ov.) by NY Islanders 2008.