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Oilers sign Finnish sniper Pakarinen

Jun 16, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

IiroParkinen AP

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with Finnish forward Iiro Pakarinen on a two-year entry-level contract, the club announced on Monday.

Pakarinen, 22, showed good form with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish league last season, finishing tied for ninth in the SM-liiga with 20 goals in 60 games. It was a breakout campaign for the 6-foot-1, 194-pounder, who’d never previously scored more than 10 goals in a single campaign.

Pakarinen’s good form carried over to the international stage, as he also played for Finland at the 2014 World Hockey Championships, scoring three goals in 10 games while helping the Finns to a silver medal.

A former Florida draftee (184th overall, 2011), Pakarinen never signed with the Panthers and became an unrestricted free agent.


  1. Wineshard - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Never thought those goal stats would be tagged with the term “sniper” , but hey you have to pique people’s interest I guess.

  2. cliffatola - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Yeah because Joensuu worked out so well.

  3. r8rbhawk - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Has he decided to go to the KHL and skip out on the Oilers yet?

  4. ray2013 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    A young player who is actually taller than 6′, and they get him on extremely favourable terms without having to give up a pick, player or prospect. Seems like a very low risk, potentially decent return move. Definitely not bold, but it is the kind of move the Oilers need to make. It’s not like UFAs are clamouring to come to Edmonton.

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