Defender Juuso Riikola has signed a two-year extension agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins. As mentioned above, Riikola ranked near the top of every advanced stat for the Penguins in the minutes he played. If Riikola somehow manages to squeeze Jack Johnson out of the lineup if/when he returns next season, it would be ideal as possible for the Penguins and an even bigger win for Riikola’s professional career. But thanks to a phone conversation between The Athletic’s Seth Rorabaugh and Riikola’s former head coach Sami Kapanen (yes, that Kapanen family) and Corey Pronman responding when we reached out to him, we were gifted with some much-needed context of the newest Finn in the Pittsburgh organization. In 59 games this season, Riikola recorded 24 point (eight goals, 16 assists). Sources say the Pens have agreed to terms with Finnish Dman, Juuso Riikola. These projections power SportsLine's Computer Picks and Fantasy Data. Notice how the bulk of the shots come from as far away from the net as possible and the dark blue blob right in front is the birthplace of goals. As Riikola is a RFA, the ideal next season would be him coming back next season and playing the same way he did this season but in more than 36 games. Vitals. Jack Johnson played 148 minutes on the penalty kill while Riikola played only two minutes the entire season shorthanded.
Player: Juuso Riikola Born: November 9, 1993 (26 years old) Height: 6-feet Weight: 189 pounds Birthplace: Joensuu, Finland Shoots: Left Draft: Undrafted 2019-20 … Scouting Report. Clare McManus, February 2020 – The Finn is having trouble getting out of the press box even with Pittsburgh blueliners regularly getting hurt. He didn’t play with elite talent so the points and goals weren’t quite eye popping, but his possession numbers and defensive numbers were excellent.
Despite only playing in six games in December, he put up his best numbers that month. He will need time to recover on ice as well so expect mostly AHL games. Though Riikola is below Pittsburgh’s average team weight of 199.7 pounds, his strength-to-weight ratio doesn’t hinder his desire to play a physical game.
Obviously the two aren’t even in the same conversation, let alone the same universe, but Riikola’s fluidness on his skates is nothing to bat an eye at. Have your thoughts on Penguins’ offseason moves changed after seeing what rest of NHL has done? In those games, he has posted three goals, nine assists, and 12 points. I know he’s often used on the penalty kill, but so was Carter Rowney. Now, over his two seasons currently in the NHL, he has 73 games played.
Therefore the maximum his salary cap hit could be is $925,000 at the NHL level and will not count against the Pens NHL salary cap if he is unable to make the team and assigned to the AHL.
Having a rocket for a shot is only as useful if you can actually get that shot off, and according to his coach, Riikola needs some much-needed speed in that department. DFS optimal lineups by top experts like Mike McClure visit SportsLine's new Daily Fantasy Hub. Being that his gap coverage is great on a larger sheet of ice, his endurance is utilized with an average of 23:41 minutes of ice time per game often, and the fact that he’s a good skater, Riikola maybe he’ll evolve his game with ease. Digging deeper reveals that both of his scores came on the power play, and he earned an average of 1:01 man-advantage time in his 16:41 total average ice time on a crowded Pittsburgh blueline. Riikola was a teammate of fellow Pittsburgh blueliner Olli Maatta on their country’s 2013 World Junior Championship team, and he also had two assists and a plus-four in eight games at the 2018 world championship. In 36 NHL games, he scored one goal and added six assists for seven total points.
Pittsburgh Penguins Schedule, Roster, News, and Rumors | PensBurgh. Riikola played one less game in 2019-20 than he did in his first year in Pittsburgh, and there were pros and cons with his last season.
Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Sitting out Sunday .
But if he’s nothing else but added depth for the organization, it’s still a nice signing to put in their back pocket as the off-season and players movement is set to begin. - As his game progresses, Juuso has shown that he can make a sure contribution to our team.
He is ranked above Jack Johnson but behind Connor Clifton the rest of the week. But for contest winning DFS optimal lineups by top experts like Mike McClure visit SportsLine's new Daily Fantasy Hub.
But when Riikola was on the ice, good things happened. Skill is trumping size and grit, and it bodes well that Riikola possesses a canon — especially in a one-timer situation. Juuso Riikola Bio Riikola, a defenseman from Joensuu, Finland, was never drafted by an NHL team and appeared settled in for a long career in Liiga, Finland's top professional league. This is projected to be a better than average week with more fantasy points per game than he is projected to average per game the rest of the season.
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