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Predators sign Joonas Rask to entry-level contract

Friday, 03.23.2012 / 11:04 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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Predators sign Joonas Rask to entry-level contract
Forward Joonas Rask, the younger brother of Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask, has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators.

The Savonlinna, Finland native was a seventh-round pick (No. 198) by the Predators in the 2010 NHL Draft.
 
Rask, 21, recently completed his fourth season with Ilves of the Finnish League (SM-Liiga), posting 4 goals and 15 points in 29 games. In 156 SM-Liiga games since 2008, the 5-foot-10, 176-pound center has 29 goals, 62 points and 70 penalty minutes.

Rask represented Finland at both the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championship, and captained his homeland's club at the 2008 Under-18 World Championship, being named one of team's three best players.
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