Markus Niemelainen is a Peter Chiarelli defenseman. He is 6.06, 205 and mobile, with much of his value on the defensive side of the puck. He is the first of what I hope are several OHL kids chosen today.
- Bob McKenzie: No. 38
- Corey Pronman: No. 68
- Craig Button: No. 36
- Corey Pronman: Niemelainen was a fine two-way player for Saginaw this season. He’s a fantastic skater for a defender of his size, moving effortlessly around the ice. His skill isn’t high-end, but he moves the puck at a solid-to-average level, showing good hands and coordination for a player his size, and decent offensive instincts.
I am certain the Oilers love this player.