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Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 0.5 in (1.84 m)
187 lb (85 kg)
SEL Team Frölunda HC
Born September 22 1981 (1981-09-22) (age 28),
Västerås, Sweden
NHL Draft 147th overall, 2004
Nashville Predators
Pro Career 2000 – present


Janne Juhani Niskala (born September 22, 1981) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for Frölunda HC in the Elitserien. He was born in Västerås, Sweden but is of Finnish nationality and ethnicity.

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Playing career

Niskala was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in 5th round as the 147th pick overall. He is known for his good offensive skills and his power play scoring ability.

Niskala has played in Finland for the SM-liiga club Lukko for five seasons. During the 2000-01 season he played in the Finnish second tier division but also for the British club Manchester Storm. He has spent one season with the Swiss club EV Zug and one for the Swedish Elitserien club Färjestads BK. In Sweden he was reunited with his former team mate from Lukko, Esa Pirnes. During the 2006-07 season in Sweden, Niskala led all defensemen in both points and goals. He also finished first in the plus/minus statistics with a plus-25 rating.

Following his big season with Färjestad, Niskala signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL), but spent the entire 2007-08 season with the farm team Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Niskala was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on June 24, 2008 in exchange for Triston Grant and a 7th round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. On June 30, 2008, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 6th round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He scored a goal in his first NHL preseason game on September 20th, 2008 against the Penguins. He then scored his first NHL goal in his third NHL game, on October 11th against Michael Leighton of the Carolina Hurricanes. Niskala only play six games for the Lightning before asking to be waived since he had been cut off the roster. On November 13, he signed a two-year contract with Frölunda HC in Elitserien.

Awards

Career statistics

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Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/− PIM GP G A Pts +/− PIM
2000–01 Lukko SML 18 0 0 0 −2 0
2000-01 Jää-Kotkat Fin-2 13 4 1 5 −1 43
2000–01 Manchester Storm BISH 10 0 1 1 8 6 0 0 0 6
2001–02 Lukko SML 55 7 13 20 −25 81
2002–03 Lukko SML 46 4 5 9 +3 40
2003–04 Lukko SML 55 21 15 36 +13 73 4 0 0 0 −4 18
2004–05 Lukko SML 44 9 12 21 +6 63 9 5 2 7 −2 4
2005–06 EV Zug NLA 44 12 17 29 50 7 0 2 2 10
2006–07 Färjestads BK SEL 53 19 30 49 +25 62 9 3 3 6 +3 14
2007–08 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 80 19 25 44 +6 81 6 0 1 1 −3 8
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 6 1 2 3 0 6
2008–09 Frölunda HC SEL 35 9 10 19 +6 20 11 3 3 6 −6 8
SM-liiga totals 218 41 45 86 −6 257 13 5 2 7 −6 22

International

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts +/− PIM
2001 Finland WJC 7 0 0 0 0 10
2008 Finland WC-A 9 2 2 4 +6 2
Senior int'l totals 9 2 2 4 +6 2

External links

  • Janne Niskala's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
  • Janne Niskala's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Janne Niskala - player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net

This article uses material from the "Janne Niskala" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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