Markus Hännikäinen

by Kevin Wickersham on December 11, 2017

Markus Hännikäinen, LW/RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-01

Weight: 187

Born: 1993-03-26

Hometown: Helsinki, FIN

Drafted: Undrafted – signed as a free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 - Hännikäinen has served at both left and right wing in his stints with Columbus this year, showing flashes of often untapped scoring prowess. With two goals and two assists during an early November four-game span he seemed to catch his offensive stride, but he's just not getting enough NHL ice time, averaging 8:23 minutes per game, to sustain it. Kevin Wickersham

October 2017 - No doubt helped by the fact he's on a one-way contract, Hännikäinen was named to the Blue Jackets' opening roster and appears slated for fourth-line duty next to Lukas Sedlak and Zac Dalpe. With only ten previoius games of NHL experience he will hope to make a good impression early, as newly-signed Josh Anderson's AHL stay shouldn't be long and Hännikäinen profiles as a top reassignment candidate. Kevin Wickersham 

July 2017 – Regularly trekking between AHL Cleveland and the Blue Jackets last year, Hännikäinen strengthened his cause for an NHL roster spot with two goals (including a game-winner against Norway) and one assist in the recent 2017 IIHF World Championships for Team Finland. Off-season relocations of Sam Gagner to Vancouver and William Karlsson to Vegas elevate the 24-year-old Hännikäinen’s chances to extend upon his 2016-17 ten-game Columbus stint. Fired a Cleveland-high 177 shots last season, averaging 3.11 per contest. Now is the time for him to take a leap forward. With 107 career AHL contests under his belt featuring 26 goals, 31 assists, a promising, heavy shot and clutch offensive and defensive performances, the Monsters’ alternate captain and top goal-scorer with 19 last year (also tops on the man-advantage with six) needs to prove himself soon or risk branding as an NHL fifth-liner. His knack for stealing the puck might play well in a bottom-six role should NHL points not come easy. Hännikäinen’s two-year deal runs through 2018-19. Kevin Wickersham

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Versatile player with scoring potential, a hard, accurate shot, and crafty defensive game.

Footage: Markus Hännikäinen Highlights #37

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