Antti Niemi

Posted: January 24, 2012 by Steven Ellis in San Jose Sharks
  

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

The Good: Niemi is an above average size goaltender at 6’2 and 200 pounds. He has a butterfly style that many scouts have called unorthodox. His strength is his athleticism, exceptionally quick footwork and great low net coverage. Antti’s secure 5 hole will be a welcome change for Sharks fans. He appears unflappable in the crease area, even when he surrenders bad goals. Is a big-framed ‘keeper who is focused and can cover a lot of net. Also boasts explosive reflexes. Has a wealth of experience at lower levels. The Sharks goalie coach, Wayne Thomas, has produced goalies such as Miika Kiprusoff, Vesa Toskala and Evgeni Nabokov, so Niemi’s best years are likely ahead of him. He has shown strong growth in recent years and won a Stanley Cup in only his first season in the NHL.

The Bad: Because of his butterfly style he tends to knock away pucks with his feet and pads instead of swallowing pucks and holding for a face-off. This is the fear of many who follow the Sharks, that Niemi will be giving up juicy rebounds that the Sharks defense can not clear. Niemi can at times be a little shaky with the glove, and generally has a devil of a time holding onto pucks.

CAREER HONORS & AWARDS
Stanley Cup 2009-10 (Chicago)

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Pelicans SM-liiga 40 12 17 8 2263 103 3 2.73 .916
2006–07 Pelicans SM-liiga 48 18 21 7 2780 119 3 2.57 .918
2007–08 Pelicans SM-liiga 49 26 14 6 2791 109 4 2.35 .926
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 1 1 1 141 8 0 3.40 .864
2008–09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 38 18 14 3 2095 85 2 2.43 .910
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 39 26 7 4 2190 82 7 2.25 .912
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 60 35 18 6 3524 140 6 2.38 .920
NHL totals 102 62 26 11 5856 230 13 2.36 .916
AHL totals 38 18 14 3 2094 85 2 2.43 .910
SM-liiga totals 137 56 52 21 7834 331 10 2.55 .899

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SA GAA SV%
2006–07 Pelicans SM-liiga 6 2 4 370 9 175 1.46 .951
2007–08 Pelicans SM-liiga 6 2 4 328 21 158 3.83 .883
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22 16 6 1,322 58 645 2.63 .910
2010-11 San Jose Sharks NHL 18 8 9 1,044 56 538 3.22 .896
NHL totals 40 24 15 2,366 114 1,183 2.89 .904
SM-liiga totals 12 4 8 698 30 333 2.50 .917

 

GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 SAN JOSE
ON PACE 64 35 17 8 3793 3 149 1781 2.36 .916

Undrafted

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