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Virtanen signs two-year contract with Canucks

Forward gets $1.25 million annually, had NHL career-high 20 points last season @NHLdotcom

Jake Virtanen signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $1.25 million.

The 21-year-old forward had 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 75 games with the Canucks last season, setting NHL career highs in each category. He had 155 hits (first among Vancouver forwards) and 46 penalty minutes (fourth on the Canucks). 

"We're pleased to sign Jake to an extension," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "He adds physical presence and speed to our lineup and can help create offensive chances when going hard to the net. We look forward to seeing Jake take the next step in his game and consistently contribute to the team's success."

Vancouver selected Virtanen in the first round (No. 6) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He has 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) in 140 NHL games.

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