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Forum: NHL SigningsMay 23 at 7:42 a.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Random2152</b></div><div>Holy crap this is a huge dub. He's easily worth 3-5x his aav</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Tintin</b></div><div>Dubas replacing post-season W's with off-season W's. Fair enough I guess.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>SevenLeg</b></div><div>He's still a top 4D this year and should be for at least next year. Very good deal for a cap-strapped team.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Ritzy</b></div><div>Bless you, Gio.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>mondo</b></div><div>He has #ThePassion</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>LeafsDude</b></div><div>I feel like one of Gio / Muzz / Sandin will be pushed to RD</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>rollie1967</b></div><div>Holy *@#! what a discount. what incriminating photos does Dubas have of Gio?</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>LGuy54</b></div><div>HE HAS THE PASSION!</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>A_Habs_fan</b></div><div>Great deal for the Leafs, Gio's still solid, he took the TML discount because he has the passion...</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>dopplsan</b></div><div>Hometown discount. Wants to win a cup. Just not sure those things line up rn. Jokes aside, great great signing.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>ColonelX</b></div><div>Sure is but I simply hope Dubas doesn't sit on what he has and actually tries to change things up this offseason.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>capfriendlyaccount</b></div><div>...what</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Missouri</b></div><div>Major steal! Surprised Giordano took that much of a pay cut.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>CEO</b></div><div>We don't know about any potential performance bonuses, but as long as they aren't crazy, huge dub</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>DrDinkiee</b></div><div>Regardless of any negative comments. This is a win for Toronto for the cap hit. Gio as he gets to play at home.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>palhal</b></div><div>You're right a great deal for the Leafs and without a NMC he can moved to the Marlies cap free if his play declines.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Saskleaf</b></div><div>No matter how you look at this, this is an absolute home run. Gio is worth at least 3 times this.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>draft_em_sign_em_trade_em</b></div><div>Taking the Spezza discount, does that mean Spezza era is over?</div></div>

<strong>Most of you won't believe this story, but I still can't help myself!</strong>

I was at Harbour Sixty this Saturday (it's a restaurant in Toronto).

And I saw <strong>Giordano, Spezza and Kris Letang</strong> eating together.

And I'm pumped AF after seeing this signing!
Forum: NHL SigningsMay 14 at 3:39 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>JustanIdea</b></div><div>Neimela and Hirvonen are smaller and are supposed to score a lot. </div></div>

That's partially true for Hirvonen, but Niemela was drafted as a high-level defender who was never expected to put up points.

In his draft year, scouts saw him as a slightly undersized but smart positional defender with great stick work and breakout passes.

His stylistic comparables were guys like TJ Brodie. He's also 6'0 and 180 lbs today but CapFriendly hasn't updated his info since 2019.


<strong>Jokke Nevalainen 2019</strong>
<em>"Niemela surprised a lot of people by making Karpat’s Liiga team but he forced the issue. His biggest strength is his defensive smarts. His hands
and shot are good but not elite, and he won’t be a point-producer. He's currently a projected 2nd rounder in the 2020 NHL Draft, but like last
year with Tobias Bjornfot at 22nd overall, he can be drafted much higher as a projected minute muncher who should be NHL ready very soon."</em>

<strong>Hayden Soboleski 2019</strong>
<em>"Niemela has spent his time on the Liiga's Karpat squad so far in 2019-20, and has continued to show off his defensive smarts on the blueline.
He will never be a scoring dynamo or overly notable in fantasy formats, but he continues to show good transitions that leads to team offense."</em>

<strong>Elite Prospects 2020</strong>
<em>"Niemela takes phenomenal care of the puck and is willing to use the center of the ice. He displays high levels of competence with the puck on
his stick. He smartly scans the ice with shoulder checks before collecting the puck, then smartly and decisively moves play in the other direction."</em>

<strong>Dobber Prospects 2020</strong>
<em>"The Maple Leafs have selected Niemela in the 3rd round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. This is an excellent value pick considering most pre-draft
scouting rankings had him listed as an early 2nd. Currently in his second season playing against men, he isn’t a big point producer but his strong
transition play and skating skill makes him a safe pick by draft standards. He projects as a defensively responsible 2nd or 3rd pair defensemen."</em>

Niemela's offensive skillset kind of came out of nowhere in his D+1 and D+2 seasons.
Hirvonen was also seen as an undersized defense oriented forward in his draft year.


<strong>Elite Prospects 2020</strong>
<em>"Hirvonen is dutiful in the defensive zone, maintaining an elevated work rate and putting on a clinic in body leverage going into puck
retrievals. He does a fantastic job of anticipating plays, closing passing &amp; shooting lanes, and making defensive switches on the cycle."</em>
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