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 to produce
DPittsburgh Penguins
February 27, 2020
Riikola was once again absent from the scoresheet versus the Kings on Wednesday and finds himself bogged down in a 12-game pointless streak.
ANALYSIS
During Riikola's slump, he's served as a healthy scratch on five occasions, something that will likely become more frequent for the young blueliner once John Marino (jaw) or Brian Dumoulin (ankle) is cleared to return to the lineup. Given his lack of offensive production and inability to avoid the press box, Riikola won't offer much in terms of fantasy value down the stretch.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:53
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:10
  • 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
13:53
1:10
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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Back in press box
DPittsburgh Penguins
February 3, 2020
Riikola served as a healthy scratch against the Capitals on Sunday.
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Helps out on power play
DPittsburgh Penguins
January 7, 2020
Riikola had a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Golden Knights.
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Records two-point night
DPittsburgh Penguins
December 28, 2019
Riikola tallied a goal and an assist with a plus-4 rating in a 5-2 victory over the Predators on Friday.
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Scratched again
DPittsburgh Penguins
December 15, 2019
Riikola was a healthy scratch in Saturday's clash with the Kings.
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Getting power-play work
DPittsburgh Penguins
November 20, 2019
Riikola is averaging 2:02 of power-play ice time in the past six games with Kris Letang (lower body) out of the lineup.
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