St. Louis Blues defenseman Niko Mikkola

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Blues Sign Defenseman Mikkola To Entry-Level Contract

Mikkola was at the Blues training camp last September, but played in Finland's top hockey league, scoring 11 points 50 games.

May 31, 2018 - 11:29 am

ST. LOUIS (BLUES) - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed defenseman Niko Mikkola (NEE-koh, MEE-koh-lah) to a two-year, entry-level contract.  Mikkola was originally drafted by the Blues in the fifth round (127th overall) of the 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft.

Mikkola, 22, spent last season with Tappara in Finland's SM-liiga, posting 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and 54 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games.  The 6'5, 198-pound defenseman also appeared in 16 playoff games, leading SM-liiga overall with a +9 rating and helping Tappara capture the Silver Medal.  Overall, Mikkola has dressed in 171 career SM-liiga games, amassing 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) and 169 penalty minutes.

In international play, the Kiiminki native has represented Finland on several occasions, including the 2016 U-20 World Junior Championship, when he led the team to the Gold Medal.

Mikkola was at the Blues training camp last September and appeared in some preseason games – but returned to Finland after camp.

Blues Agree To A One-Year Affiliation Extension With The ECHL's Tulsa Oilers

St. Louis has also agreed to a one-year affiliation extension with the ECHL's Tulsa Oilers.

“We are excited to extend our affiliation with Tulsa,” said Armstrong.  “We developed a great working relationship last season and the affiliation has proven to be beneficial for both organizations.”

“Having been affiliated with the Blues over the years in both Alaska and Tulsa, I have become very familiar and comfortable with the management team in St. Louis,” said Oilers Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Rob Murray.  The partnership got off to a great start last season, as the players we received from St. Louis were key to our success.  We’re excited to continue into next season, especially as the Blues begin their AHL affiliation in San Antonio.”

Tulsa, which plays out of the ECHL’s Mountain Division, finished last season with a 31-29-12 regular season record.  The Oilers will begin their 11th season of play at the BOK Center on Oct. 13, 2018. The ECHL is similar to what double-A baseball is in MLB.