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Prospect Season Recap: Tarmo Reunanen

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

After an injury-plagued draft year in 2016, defenseman Tarmo Reunanen split 2016-17 between three teams and three leagues.

The 2016 fourth-round pick registered nine assists in 42 games with TUTO in Mestis, Finland's second-highest league, eventually earning a two-game call up with TPS in Finland's top league, Liiga.

The 19-year-old dressed for three games for TPS in the Champions Hockey League Tournament, and also appeared in four games for TPS U20, in Liiga-U20, where he scored a goal and added two assists.

"This guy has elite hockey sense and elite hands," said Gordie Clark, the Ranger's Director of Player Personnel. 

Rangers Assistant General Manager Chris Drury said he spent time with Reunanen last fall, and called this past season a "transition" for him after his injury and bouncing between teams. He said it took some time to "get his feet on the ground," but that he should have more stability next season.

Drury said Reunanen does "a little bit of everything," he said. "He's a pretty good blend of moving the puck and playing strong defensively," though he can also "provide moments of offense."

The Aanekoski, Finland-native has represented Finland at several international tournaments, including at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge and the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Reunanen scored eight goals and added 22 assists in 42 games to help lead TPS U20 to a league title in 2014-15.

Reunanen is scheduled to appear at the team's prospect development camp later this month after missing last year's camp due to injury.

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