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Finland JANNE NISKALA  
Last team: Lukko - 2019

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BIRTHYEAR 1981-09-22 BIRTHPLACEVästerås, SWE
AGE 39 NATION Finland
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 184 cm / 6'0" WEIGHT 91 kg / 201 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Lukko STATUS Retired
NHL DRAFT 2004 round 5 #147 overall by Nashville Predators
SOCIAL Janne Niskala  
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time World Championship Gold Medal 1
1-time U20 WJC Silver Medal 1
1-time World Championship Bronze Medal 1
1-time Olympic Bronze Medal 1

A skilled defenseman with excellent offensive qualities. Is a very good passer, but might be a better shot. Both the slapshot and the wrister are very hard and accurate. Is a tremendous puck-mover and power play quarterback. Skates well and is very mobile.
Is inconsistent in his defensive positioning and his effort. Can get nonchalant and presumptious with the puck.

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© Photo: Timo Savela

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1996-97 Lukko U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 8 0 114 |            
  Lukko U16 U16 I-divisioona - - --- |            
 1997-98 Lukko U18 U18 SM-sarja 12 0 1110 | Relegation 22 7 152230  
 1998-99 Lukko U18 U18 SM-sarja 14 7 41142 | Relegation - - ---  
  Lukko U20 U20 SM-sarja 2 0 0012 |            
 1999-00 Lukko U20 U20 SM-sarja 40 14 152950 | Playoffs 8 0 228  
 2000-01 Lukko U20 U20 SM-sarja 13 4 81240 |            
  Lukko Liiga 18 0 000 -2 |            
  UJK  Mestis 13 4 1543 -1 |            
  Manchester Storm  BISL 10 0 118 | Playoffs 6 0 006  
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 0 0010 0 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 20 2 1318 |            
 2001-02 Lukko U20 U20 SM-sarja 3 1 122 |            
  Lukko Liiga 55 7 132081 -25 |            
  Finland (all) International 4 1 014 -1 |            
 2002-03 Lukko Liiga 46 4 5940 5 |            
 2003-04 Lukko Liiga 55 21 153673 13 | Playoffs 4 0 0018 -4 
 2004-05 Lukko Liiga 44 9 122163 6 | Playoffs 9 5 274 -2 
 2005-06 EV Zug NL 44 12 172950 | Playoffs 7 0 2210  
 2006-07 Färjestad BK SHL 53 19 304962 25 | Playoffs 9 3 3614
 2007-08 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 80 19 254481 6 | Playoffs 6 0 118 -3 
  Finland WC 9 2 242 1 |            
 2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 6 1 236 0 |            
  Frölunda HC SHL 35 9 101920 6 | Playoffs 11 3 368 -6 
  Finland WC 4 1 232 0 |            
 2009-10 Frölunda HC SHL 50 12 162834 5 | Playoffs 7 3 476 -2 
  Finland OG 6 0 222 -2 |            
  Finland WC 7 0 224 -2 |            
 2010-11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 54 11 193030 17 | Playoffs 19 0 4414 -1 
  Finland WC 9 1 344 6 |            
 2011-12 Atlant Mytishchi KHL 54 12 223432 12 | Playoffs 12 2 136 -3 
  Finland WC 10 3 1410 0 |            
  Finland (all) International 22 6 41018 3 |            
 2012-13 Atlant Mytishchi  KHL 14 1 3410 -7 |            
  Dynamo Minsk KHL 37 7 81520 3 |            
  Finland (all) International 3 0 110 4 |            
 2013-14 Atlant Mytishchi KHL 38 2 576 6 |            
 2014-15 Lukko  Liiga 60 14 163071 -3 | Playoffs 14 2 358 -3 
  Finland (all) International 1 0 000 -1 |            
 2015-16 Lukko  Liiga 56 10 243446 6 | Playoffs 5 0 222 -2 
  Finland (all) International 3 0 000 -1 |            
 2016-17 Lukko  Liiga 43 11 61712 -2 |            
 2017-18 Lukko  Liiga 54 9 192828 -3 |            
 2018-19 Lukko  Liiga 44 1 8912 -4 |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2002-03 Finland EHT 3 0 112 |            
 2003-04 Finland EHT 4 1 010 |            
 2005-06 HC Davos  Spengler Cup 4 0 110 |            
 2006-07 Färjestad BK ECC 2 0 222 -1 |            
  Finland EHT 6 1 016 0 |            
 2008-09 Finland EHT 9 2 134 -2 |            
 2009-10 Finland EHT 6 1 234 3 |            
 2010-11 Finland EHT 8 1 238 3 |            
 2011-12 Finland EHT 8 2 244 3 |            
 2012-13 Dynamo Minsk Nadezhda Cup 6 3 030 1 |            
  Finland EHT 3 0 110 4 |            
 2013-14 Atlant Mytishchi Nadezhda Cup 3 0 000 -2 |            
 2014-15 Lukko  Champions HL 10 2 572 6 |            
  Finland EHT 1 0 000 -1 |            
 2015-16 Lukko Champions HL 12 3 4712 6 |            
  Finland EHT 3 0 000 -1 |            
 2016-17 Lukko Champions HL 5 2 024 2 |            


TEAM STAFF HISTORY
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE ROLE ON TEAM NOTES
 2019-2020 Lukko U20 U20 SM-sarjaAsst. Coach  
 2020-2021 Lukko U20 U20 SM-sarjaAsst. Coach  


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
      Postseason
  AHL: 80 19 25 44 0.55 81  | 6 0 1 1 0.17 -3 
  BISL: 10 0 1 1 0.10 | 6 0 0 0 0.00
  Champions HL: 27 7 9 16 0.59 18  14  |    
  ECC: 2 0 2 2 1.00 -1  |    
  EHT: 51 8 9 17 0.33 28  |    
  International: 33 7 5 12 0.36 22  |    
  International-Jr: 20 2 1 3 0.15 18  |    
  KHL: 197 33 57 90 0.46 98  31  | 31 2 5 7 0.23 20  -4 
  Liiga: 475 86 118 204 0.43 426  -9  | 32 7 7 14 0.44 32  -11 
  Mestis: 13 4 1 5 0.38 43  -1  |    
  Nadezhda Cup: 9 3 0 3 0.33 -1  |    
  NHL: 6 1 2 3 0.50 |    
  NL: 44 12 17 29 0.66 50  | 7 0 2 2 0.29 10 
  OG: 6 0 2 2 0.33 -2  |    
  SHL: 138 40 56 96 0.70 116  36  | 27 9 10 19 0.70 28  -5 
  Spengler Cup: 4 0 1 1 0.25 |    
  U16 I-divisioona: 0 0 0 0 - |    
  U16 SM-sarja Q: 8 0 1 1 0.13 |    
  U18 SM-sarja: 26 7 5 12 0.46 52  | 22 7 15 22 1.00 30 
  U20 SM-sarja: 58 19 24 43 0.74 104  | 8 0 2 2 0.25
  WC: 39 7 10 17 0.44 22  |    
  WJC-20: 7 0 0 0 0.00 10  |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
1999-2000 U20 SM-sarja Bronze Medal
2000-2001 U20 WJC Silver Medal
2003-2004 SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) (21)
  SM-liiga Player of the Month (November)
2004-2005 SM-liiga Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman (5)
2006-2007 SHL Best Plus/Minus (+25)
  SHL Most Goals by Defenseman (19)
  SHL Most Points by Defenseman (49)
2007-2008 World Championship Bronze Medal
2009-2010 Olympic Bronze Medal
2010-2011 KHL All-Star Game
  World Championship Gold Medal
2011-2012 KHL All-Star Game
2014-2015 SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) (14)
2015-2016 SM-liiga Most Points by Defenseman (34)
2016-2017 SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) (11)
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- KHL All-Star Game 11/12, 10/11
- Olympic Bronze Medal 09/10
- SHL Best Plus/Minus 06/07
- SHL Most Goals by Defenseman 06/07
- SHL Most Points by Defenseman 06/07
- SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) 03/04, 16/17, 14/15
- SM-liiga Most Points by Defenseman 15/16
- SM-liiga Player of the Month 03/04
- SM-liiga Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman 04/05
- U20 SM-sarja Bronze Medal 99/00
- U20 WJC Silver Medal 00/01
- World Championship Bronze Medal 07/08
- World Championship Gold Medal 10/11



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2019-04-04 Confirmed Lukko Retired
2018-04-06 Extension Lukko Lukko 1 year 
2017-02-17 Extension Lukko Lukko 1 year 
2014-06-27 Confirmed Atlant Mytishchi Lukko
2013-05-13 Confirmed Dinamo Minsk Atlant Mytishchi
2012-10-09 Confirmed Atlant Mytishchi Dinamo Minsk
2011-05-04 Confirmed Metallurg Magnitogorsk Atlant Mytishchi


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for Lukko
Cult/Star player for Zug
Cult/Star player for Manchester Storm
 
Career transactions
- 2010-06-04 • Signed to a one-year contract by Metallurg Magnitogorsk
- 2008-11-13 • Signed to a two-year contract by Frölunda
- 2008-07-02 • Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning
- 2008-06-30 • Traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2009 6th round pick (Dave Labrecque)
- 2008-06-24 • Traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Triston Grant and a 2009 7th round pick (Maxwell Tardy)
- 2008-06-07 • Signed to a one-year contract by HK Atlant
- 2007-05-23 • Signed to a one-year contract by the Nashville Predators
- 2006-03-24 • Signed to a two-year contract by Färjestad

Other memorable dates
- 2008-10-11 • Scored first career NHL goal (at Carolina vs Michael Leighton)
- 2008-10-04 • Made NHL debut (at NY Rangers; 16:13 TOI)
- 2006-09-21 • Scored first career Elitserien goal (at Mora vs Juha Pitkämäki)
- 2006-09-18 • Made Elitserien debut (vs Luleå)