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Winnipeg Jets sign Joona Luoto to a three-year, two-way contract

Another Finnish forward on the roster.

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Better start boning up on your Finnish as the Jets have now added another forward from Finland to the roster after signing Joona Luoto on a three-year, two-way contract.  The Jets now have Patrik Laine, Sami Niku, Kristian Vesalainen as well as Santeri Virtanen (2017 4th rounder) who spent last season with SaiPa Lappeenranta in the Finnish Liiga in the fold.

When Murat Ates of the Athletic was in Finland for the Global Series this past November he spoke with Luoto for a piece he was doing on Jets sniper Patrik Laine which you can read (paywall) here.

He also spoke today with the newest member of the organization who told him:

Jets Release:

The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have agreed to terms with forward Joona Luoto on a three-year, two-way contract with an average annual value of $758,300.

Luoto, 21, has played the last three seasons in Liiga with Tappara. He had 16 points (8G, 8A) in 58 games last season and four points (2G, 2A) in 11 playoff games. He has 38 points (21G, 17A) in 129 career games in Liiga and won a Liiga championship with Tappara in 2016-17. Luoto and Patrik Laine were teammates for several Tappara teams growing up, including their U18 and U20 teams. Internationally, Luoto represented Finland at the 2017 World Junior Championship where he was teammates with Kristian Vesalainen.