Niko Hovinen Claimed By Oilers, Sent To OKC

Niko Hovinen has been claimed from the Philadelphia Flyers by the Edmonton Oilers for the purpose of having the goaltender re-assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons. This points to Khabibulin being on the IR a bit longer, and thus Danis staying as the number two in Edmonton for a longer duration. But more than that, the Oilers want to protect their assets in Tyler Bunz and Olivier Roy who are going currently the go-to guys on the farm in Oklahoma City. This shuffles Bunz back to Stockton and likely keeps Roy number one with Hovinen as a backup.

Niko has spent most of his early career in SM-liiga where he’s put up decent numbers. Most recently, however, he’s spent time with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL where his save percentage is well below .900 (.889 to be exact). He’ll play a big role on the farm, and here’s hoping that he’s ready for the task.

Official Release:

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have claimed goaltender Niko Hovinen off unconditional waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Hovinen, 24, spent the first part of the 2012-13 season with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL. The 6’7”, 214 pound netminder has played in 16 games, registering a 3.14 GAA and an .889 save percentage, with a record of 4-6-1-2.

The Helsinki, Finland native spent five seasons in the SM-liiga with Jokerit and Lahti (2005-2010).

Hovinen was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 5th round, 132nd overall in the 2006 NHL Draft. He signed a two year entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011.

Written By - Neal Livingston

Born in the great state of Ohio, now nestled in the middle America we call Oklahoma, Neal is the head writer & chief farmhand at Tend The Farm -- a website dedicated to covering the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.