New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed forward Jarkko Immonen to a professional contract.
"Jarkko is a talented playmaker who strengthens our club at the center-ice position," stated Rangers Head Coach Tom Renney. "He is an intelligent player who sees the ice extremely well."
Immonen, 23, skated in 54 games with JYP Jyvaskyla of the SM Liiga (Finland) last season leading his team in all major scoring categories, registering 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. His 47 points tied for sixth in the SM Liiga, while his 28 assists tied for third in the league. In three post-season contests, Immonen tallied two assists along with two penalty minutes. His two post-season points tied for first on the club.
In 206 career games with JYP Jyvaskyla and Assat Pori of the SM Liiga, Immonen totaled 52 goals and 79 assists for 131 points, along with 92 penalty minutes. In 2003-04, he led JYP with 23 goals and 49 points in 52 games.
A native of Rantasalmi, Finland, Immonen has also competed in multiple international tournaments for his country. Most recently, he was a member Team Finland at the 2002 Under-20 World Junior Championships. In seven games at the tournament, he collected four goals and three assists for seven points, along with six penalty minutes. His four goals tied for the team lead and his seven points tied for second on the club. Immonen also wore his nation's colors at the 2000 Under-18 World Junior Championships, where he accumulated three goals and four assists for seven points, along with four penalty minutes in seven games. His goals (three), assists (four) and points (seven) were all tied for second on Team Finland.
The 6-0, 209-pound forward was originally the Toronto Maple Leafs eighth round choice, 254th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers acquired him on March 3, 2004, along with Maxim Kondratiev, a 2004 first round draft choice (later traded to Calgary) and a 2005 second round draft choice (Michael Sauer
), in exchange for Brian Leetch and a 2004 fourth round draft choice (Roman Kukumberg).
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