By Carter Brooks
Photo by James Carey Lauder
The Winnipeg Jets announced on Tuesday morning that the club has decided to send defenceman Sami Niku down to the American Hockey League.
It has certainly been a very interesting 2018-19 season for the 22-year-old Finn. After a handful of call-ups and reassignments, Niku finally drew into Winnipeg's lineup after a string of injuries on the back-end in late November, and stuck for five games, in which he was held pointless with a -2 rating.
Niku was then called up once again in January, where he dressed in five games in nine days for the Jets, picking up his first two assists of the season, and finishing that stretch a +5. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defenceman then played on January 28th in Philadelphia for Winnipeg.
The 22-year-old was most recently with the Jets from January 27th, where he dressed in one game while up from the American Hockey League. Due to his many call-ups, Niku has been unable to match the vast point production that he saw last season with the Moose. In 19 games in 2018-19, Niku has three goals and 12 points, sitting just three points back of team leader Cameron Schilling, while dressing in 25 less games.
Niku and the Moose next face-off against the Chicago Wolves twice at home on Wednesday and Friday evenings from Bell MTS Place. Both games feature 7:00 PM central puck drops, and tickets are available for purchase from the Manitoba Moose box office.