Team: Ässät U20
Position: Left Wing
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 178
REPORT: ÄSSÄT @ BLUES U18, MARCH 3, 2019
Niemi played on Ässät U18 second line in a 6-2 loss to Blues. He opened the scoring with only a minute and eight seconds into the first period. A Blues defenseman turned the puck over in the defensive zone and the puck bounced to the Ässät winger, who made a quick move from backhand to forehand and finished from close range. Niemi played with solid intensity and was constantly involved in the game, both with and without the puck. He was straightforward and went to the net when required. Niemi showed decent stickhandling skills but struggled a bit when having limited time and space. He had good straight-line speed; his skating stance looked a little upright but he got up and down the ice effectively.
REPORT: ÄSSÄT @ JOKERIT U16, OCTOBER 8, 2017
Niemi played a very good two-way game in a 4-3 Ässät U16 win against Jokerit. He scored a great goal in the second period, displaying nifty stichandling skills in a 1-on-1 and finishing with a quick shot. Possessing quick hands, the left wing can operate in traffic. Niemi made several smart outlet passes under pressure. He was also highly defensively responsible in all three zones. He played a fast, up-tempo game and forechecked with authority in order to cause turnovers. He is a rather agile skater with a long and powerful stride. Niemi should definitely make the upcoming U16 national team.