The New Jersey Devils today announced that forward Aarne Talvitie has signed a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2021-22 season. Talvitie has signed an AHL contract for the remainder of the 2020-21 season and will join Binghamton once he has finished his quarantine period. Talvitie was New Jersey's eighth selection (sixth round), 160th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.
Talvitie, 22, spent the last three seasons, 2018-21, with Penn State University in the Big 10. In his most recent season, Talvitie finished with 13 points, which ranked fifth on the squad and included seven goals and six assists. He was also voted by his Penn State teammates to assume the Alternate Captain role. The left-handed centerman finished his collegiate career totaling 18 goals and 30 assists, in his 68 NCAA games, finishing with 48 points and a plus-12 rating.
Born February 11, 1999, the 5-10, 200lb., native of Espoo, Finland, represented his home country at the 2019 IIHF World Junior U20 Championship. He captained the team to a gold medal, with victories over both Canada and Switzerland, before securing the championship against the United States in the final. Talvitie finished eighth in scoring at the 2019 tournament, and second among his team with four goals and three assists in seven games.