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RELEASE: Niemelainen loaned to Bakersfield

Defenceman had been on injured reserve after sustaining a hand injury in mid-December

by Press Release /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have loaned Markus Niemelainen to the Bakersfield Condors.

The defenceman suited up for the first seven games of his NHL career in early December before a hand injury forced him out of action and onto injured reserve.

The 23-year-old, left-shot blueliner is ready to return and will report to Edmonton's AHL affiliate.

Niemelainen leads the Oilers in hits per 60 minutes of ice time this season at 22.02, having delivered 36 in his seven games with the NHL club and averaging exactly 14 minutes of ice time per game.

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