Topi Niemela was named the best defenseman of the 2021 World Junior Championship by the IIHF directorate.
Niemela led all blueliners with eight points (two goals, six assists) in seven games, while helping Finland capture the bronze medal on Tuesday against Russia. He tied for seventh overall on the tournament scoring list. The 18-year-old defender was selected in the third round (64th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Niemela is expected to return to Finland, where he has played for Karpat of the Liiga as well as the team's U20 affiliate. Jan 06 2:22 am (EST)
- Topi Niemela picked up one goal and one assist in Finland's 6-0 win over Slovakia on Wednesday at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
- Finland will send three Toronto Maple Leaf prospects to Sweden's U20 tournament in November.
- Topi Niemela has been selected with the 64th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. All Topi Niemela News
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