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Olli Juolevi signs entry-level contract with Canucks

Defenseman was No. 5 pick in 2016 NHL Draft

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Defenseman Olli Juolevi signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

Juolevi, who the Canucks selected with the fifth pick at the 2016 NHL Draft, is the 11th first-round pick to sign. The Helsinki, Finland, native had 42 points in his first season playing in North America with London of the Ontario Hockey League. He helped London win the Memorial Cup and Finland win the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"Olli is a talented all-around defenseman with high hockey sense who will be a big part of our organization's future," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "He had an outstanding year, winning the Memorial Cup and World Junior gold. We look forward to seeing him continue his development and compete at the NHL level during training camp in September."

Juolevi, 18, was an OHL second-team All-Rookie selection and third-team All-Star last season. He was the first defenseman taken in the draft.

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