#45 – Markus Niemelainen, LD – Saginaw, OHL

TSN – #38
Central Scouting – #52 NAS
ISS – #62
Craig Button – #58
McKeens – #48
THN – #28

NHL COMPARABLE : Ossi Vaananen
POTENTIAL : Bottom Pairing D-man
CEILING: #5 Defenseman
FLOOR: AHL Call-up

This guy is a giant monster at 6’6” and he’s a pretty good skater but like his comparable Ossi Vaatanen, I think he’s a guy who will likely end up a bottom pairing d-man, if he makes it at all. I think he has issues handling the puck (in the games that I saw) and if you have trouble moving the puck in today’s NHL, it’s going to hold you back. I’m not convinced this player can become anything beyond a bottom pairing defenseman.

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