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Montreal Canadiens sign Jesse Ylönen to entry-level contract

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The forward had his North American debut delayed due to injury and the season suspension.

NHL: JUN 28 Montreal Canadiens Development Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Jesse Ylönen to a three-year entry-level contract.

After Ylönen signed a try-out contract with the Laval Rocket for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, this news was inevitable. His Liiga contract was over after this season, and he has clearly made the commitment to play in North America.

The 2018 second-round pick did not play with the Rocket, hampered first by an injury and then by the season being suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If the season does not resume, he will make his North American debut at training camp next season, whenever that may be.

The Finnish prospect was drafted 35th overall, three spots ahead of Alexander Romanov, and is the first of what could be several entry-level contracts the team will give out this summer. Ylönen had 12 goals and 10 assists in 53 Liiga games this season.

He won a Gold Medal at the 2019 World Junior Championships where he had three goals and three assists in seven games.

Ylönen spoke to EOTP’s Patrik Bexell before the season about how this is part of his path to the NHL and he achieved the first part of his goal.