Henri Jokiharju

Henri Jokiharju

22-Year-Old DefensemanD
Buffalo Sabres
2021 Fantasy Outlook
This will be Jokiharju's fourth NHL season and he'll play the entire year at age 22. There's still some upside here, but the early returns haven't been positive. Playing on a poor, rebuilding team hasn't helped matters. Jokiharju managed just three goals and eight points in 46 games a year ago. He also finished with a minus-11 rating, which considering how bad Buffalo was, isn't all that terrible. The Sabres thought enough of Jokiharju's progression to sign him to a three-year, $7.5 million contract prior to the start of training camp. The deal locks the Finn into a prominent role on the Buffalo blue line for years to come, but that's not a role that will produce much fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Sabres in September of 2021.
Deposits first goal
DBuffalo Sabres
December 4, 2021
Jokiharju scored a goal on two shots and added two hits in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
ANALYSIS
Jokiharju struck at 19:28 of the first period to get the Sabres on the board. It was the Finnish blueliner's first goal and third point in eight games this season. He's added 10 shots on net, seven blocked shots and a minus-4 rating. While he'll be in the mix for a top-four role, Jokiharju has never produced more than 15 points in a season -- that's typically not enough to generate fantasy interest.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:13
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:04
 
Ice Time
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Short-Handed
2019–20
17:13
0:11
1:05
2020–21
18:23
0:07
0:59
2021–22
18:13
0:05
1:04
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Jokiharju was a full-time player for the Sabres last season, picking up 15 points while posting a minus-6 rating and averaging 17:13 of ice time in 69 contests as a bottom-pairing option. The 21-year-old Finn will continue to be a regular in Buffalo's lineup in 2020-21, but his limited even-strength role and complete lack of power-play usage will keep him off the radar in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.
Jokiharju had a promising start to his rookie campaign in 2018-19, notching 12 assists while averaging 18:59 of ice time in 38 appearances with the Blackhawks, but the organization ultimately felt that it would be in his best interest to continue to develop in the AHL for the remainder of the season. He proceeded to show why Chicago was willing to spend a first-round pick on him in 2017 during his time in the minors, posting a respectable two goals and 17 points while registering a plus-7 rating in 30 contests. However, the Finnish blueliner was drafted when coach Joel Quenneville was still at the helm, and simply didn't fit new head coach Jeremy Colliton's system, so the Blackhawks decided to cut ties with the 20-year-old in July, trading him to the Sabres in exchange for Alexander Nylander. Jokiharju has top-pairing potential, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him start the 2019-20 campaign with Buffalo's AHL affiliate. He's definitely worth a stash in dynasty formats, but the 6-foot defender is probably still at least a year away from fantasy relevancy, so there's no reason for owners in re-draft leagues to spend a pick on him this season.
Jokiharju is a Finnish blue-line prospect binded by a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks. The mobile skater crafted 21 goals and 98 helpers for the WHL's Portland Winterhawks between 2016-18, but his sublime offensive skils could help him secure a spot on Chicago's Opening Night roster to start the 2018-19 campaign. With the Blackhawks sending 2018 eigth overall pick Adam Boqvist back to junior, that's even more evidence that Jokiharju could skip the AHL entirely and contribute to the parent club right away. It's clear that Jokiharju is worth more than a dynasty stash.
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Activated off injured reserve
DBuffalo Sabres
November 22, 2021
Jokiharju (lower body) has been removed from injured reserve, per the NHL media site.
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Upgraded to day-to-day
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
November 19, 2021
Jokiharju (lower body) is considered day-to-day but won't play in Sunday's matchup with the Rangers, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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Moved to IR
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
October 16, 2021
Jokiharju (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
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Out with lower-body injury
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
October 15, 2021
Jokiharju is facing a 2-3 week absence with a lower-body injury.
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Signs three-year extension
DBuffalo Sabres
September 2, 2021
Jokiharju signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Sabres on Thursday.
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