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[Signing] Canucks re-sign Jake Virtanen

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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Jake Virtanen to a two-year deal with an AAV of $1.25M.


"We're pleased to sign Jake to an extension," said Jim Benning. "He adds physical presence and speed to our line-up and can help create offensive chances when going hard to the net. We look forward to seeing Jake take the next step in his game and consistently contribute to the team's success."  


Virtanen, 21, recorded 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in a career-high 75 games played with the Canucks in 2017.18, additionally setting career highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes (46). His 155 hits led all Canucks forwards, while his 46 penalty minutes ranked fourth on the team.  


In 140 career NHL games over three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, the 6-1, 229-pound right winger has collected 34 points (17-17-34) and 93 penalty minutes.  


A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Virtanen was originally selected by Vancouver in the first round, sixth overall, at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.


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7 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

for sure. Could be a bargain if Jake can pick up where left off last season. 

Indeed.  He should be a solid 3RW this year which will up his offensive opportunities, maybe even getting some 2PP time.


10 goals last year in a limited role with limited minutes.  He should certainly be capable of 15-20 this year, but scoring is only one of the aspects he brings to the game.

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