OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has signed forward Roby Jarventie to a three-year, entry-level contract which will commence with the 2021-22 season. For the duration of the 2020-21 campaign, Jarventie has signed an amateur tryout agreement and will report to the American Hockey League's Belleville Senators following a required quarantine period.
Jarventie, 18, recently completed his first full professional season in Finland, with Ilves Tampere (SM-Liiga), where he led team rookies and ranked fifth in overall scoring with 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) while registering 16 penalty minutes and skating in 48 of the team's 51 games. He also appeared in six of Finland's seven games at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton where he was held scoreless.
"We're pleased to get Roby under contract at such an early stage of his development," said Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He has already demonstrated good promise as a goal scorer while using what is both a good shot and good hockey sense. He's competitive and has a knack for getting to the net. Acclimatizing to the North American game for the remainder of this season should prove valuable for him."
A native of Tampere, Finland, Jarventie spent the 2019-20 season with KooVee Tampere (Mestis) where he led his team in goals (23) and ranked fifth in points (38) as a 17-year-old rookie.
Selected by the Senators with the team's first of three second-round picks (33rd overall) at the 2020 NHL Draft, Jarventie is the fifth player from the team's 2020 draft class to sign an entry-level contract with Ottawa.
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