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By Carter Brooks

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It has been a whirlwind few days for Finnish defenceman Sami Niku. Just days after his first NHL call-up from the Manitoba Moose to the Winnipeg Jets - in which he scored his first career NHL goal on his first shot - the 21-year-old blueliner was named to the AHL's All-Rookie team alongside fellow Moose rookie forward, Mason Appleton.

The 2017-18 season has been a memorable one for Manitoba. Other than their current five-game slide, the Moose have maintained first place in the Central Division for the better part of the American Hockey League season.

It's been an interesting season for Finland's Kristian Vesalainen. After putting up 22 goals and 43 points in 49 games with HPK Hameenlinna and Karpat of the SM-liiga, the 18-year-old 2017

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