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Kraken select Forward Jani Nyman 49th overall

A gigantic scoring Finn who tore up Mestis and soon the WHL has joined The Deep!

Ron decided to hit the ground running in his 2nd round tour of wonder, as the Kraken have a small goals boy, and now a HUGE GOALS BOY.

Jani Nyman comes to us from Finland’s minor league system; Mestis, where he played for the team KOOVEE and by all accounts, had a solid year for a 17 year old in a men’s league: Getting 35 points in 34 games, and leading KOOVEE in points in a rough year for them, though he helped them survive relegation. (Finnish ice hockey works like soccer, fwiw)

He’s a huge body who loves to cause havoc in front of the net, and has a lovely shot that has been the bane of a lot of Finnish goaltenders over the past year or so. Scouting reports seem to indicate that coaxing a little more speed out of him seems to be the development goal, as while he is quick on his feet, it’s up in the air whether or not he has truly game-changing speed waiting around in there somewhere.

Here’s a highlight reel for you (he’s the one wearing the gold helmet, as is tradition in Finland for leading scorers.)

Nyman’s Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
2017-2018 Ilves U16 U16 SM-sarja 2 0 0 0 0
2018-2019 Ilves U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 27 22 24 46 18
Ilves U16 U16 SM-sarja 11 9 11 20 2 Playoffs 4 4 1 5 0
2019-2020 Finland U16 YOG 4 0 2 2 2
Ilves U16 U16 SM-sarja 2 3 2 5 2
Ilves U18 U18 SM-sarja 40 19 21 40 28
Ilves U20 U20 SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 14 5 9 14 4
2020-2021 Ilves U20 U20 SM-sarja 36 10 13 23 8
2021-2022 Ilves U20 U20 SM-sarja 3 2 2 4 0
Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 3 4 7 2
Finland U18 EYOF 4 2 2 4 0
Ilves Liiga 10 0 1 1 0
KOOVEE Mestis 34 18 17 35 20 Relegation 2 1 1 2 0
Finland U18 WJC-18 6 2 2 4 2
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 21 11 10 21 8
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 3 0 1 1 2
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Let’s all welcome Jani to the Seattle Kraken! Welcome to the deep!