The Ducks announced on Wednesday that they have signed center Petteri Nokelainen to a one-year contract extension through the 2010-11 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Nokelainen, 23 (1/16/86), split his third NHL season with Anaheim and Boston in 2008-09, combining for 4-5=9 points with a +2 rating and 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 games. Overall, Nokelainen won 53.4% of his faceoffs (156-for-292) while averaging 11:15 time on ice (TOI) and 15.5 shifts per game. The 6-1, 195-pound center, who was acquired from Boston in exchange for defenseman Steve Montador on Mar. 4, 2009, made his Anaheim debut on Mar. 6 vs. Dallas and scored his first goal as a Duck on Mar. 11 vs. Vancouver. He also appeared in nine of Anaheim’s 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games, missing four contests with an abdominal strain.
Acquired by Boston from the New York Islanders in exchange for center Ben Walter and a conditional 2009 draft pick on Sept. 11, 2007, Nokelainen set career highs in goals (7), points (10), appearances (57) and PIM (19) in 2007-08. The Imatra, Finland native also made his NHL postseason debut in 2007-08, earning 0-2=2 points in seven games with the Bruins.
Originally selected by the New York Islanders in the first round (16th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Nokelainen has appeared in 122 career NHL games with the Islanders, Bruins and Ducks, collecting 12-9=21 points with 39 PIM.