Juuso Riikola
Juuso Riikola
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Pittsburgh Penguins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A strong showing in training camp earned Riikola a spot on the Penguins' Opening Night roster last year. Unfortunately, the offensively-gifted blueliner went pointless in his first 12 appearances with the big club, and needed another six games to find the back of the net. Even with Justin Schultz out for much of the year, the youngster couldn't break into the lineup with any sort of consistency last season, and ended the campaign with a total of 37 appearances. The 25-year-old Finn inked a one-year, one-way contract with the Penguins in May, so he likely won't be spending any time in the minors this season, but unless another defenseman is traded prior to training camp, breaking into the lineup won't be any easier for Riikola in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $850,00 contract with the Penguins in May of 2019.
Struggling for opportunities
DPittsburgh Penguins
October 23, 2019
Rikkola has played in just two games for the Penguins this season and averaged a meager 7:33 of ice time in those contests.
ANALYSIS
Riikola was once again a healthy scratch versus the Panthers on Tuesday in favor of Jack Johnson. Pittsburgh continues to carry nine defensemen on the 23-man roster, which is limiting minutes all around. The emergence of John Marino as a favorite of coach Mike Sullivan certainly hasn't improved Rikkola's chances of playing. Without a clear path to a spot in the lineup, the Finn won't offer much in terms of fantasy value in the foreseeable future.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:39
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:21
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:04
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
16:41
1:01
0:04
2019–20
12:39
1:21
0:04
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Riikola is a relatively unknown commodity, considering he went undrafted and has spent the past six seasons playing in his native Finland. After putting up back-to-back 20-plus point campaigns, the Penguins opted to sign the hard-hitting blueliner to a one-year, entry-level deal this offseason. It looked like the defenseman would spend the bulk of the year in the minors, but a strong training camp has Riikola on the verge of earning a spot on the 23-man roster -- although another round of cuts remains.
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Inks one-year deal
DPittsburgh Penguins
May 30, 2019
Riikola signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with Pittsburgh on Thursday.
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Sent to bus league
DPittsburgh Penguins
March 20, 2019
The Penguins reassigned Riikola to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
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Scratched Tuesday
DPittsburgh Penguins
March 6, 2019
Riikola served as a healthy scratch versus Florida on Tuesday.
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Holding down lineup spot
DPittsburgh Penguins
February 13, 2019
Riikola has played in 10 straight games and appears to be the preferred sixth option on the Pens' blue line.
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Tallies second goal
DPittsburgh Penguins
January 18, 2019
Riikola scored the second goal of his NHL career with a power-play marker against the Coyotes in a 3-2 overtime victory Friday night.
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