Isles Agree To 3-Year Deal With Defenseman Ville Pokka
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with 19-year-old defenseman Ville Pokka on a three-year, entry-level contract.
The deal was announced by the Islanders on Wednesday.
Pokka, selected by New York in the second round of the 2012 draft, had six goals and 21 assists in 54 games with Karpat during his third full season in Liiga (Finland). Pokka was one of three finalists as the top defenseman in the league.
He also had two goals and nine assists in 16 postseason games, helping lead Karpat to the Liiga Championship this year. In 138 career regular-season games with Karpat, Pokka has 12 goals and 30 assists.
The Islanders chose him with the No. 34 pick two years ago.
Pokka represented Finland at the past three World Junior championships, winning gold this year.
The signing comes a little less than a week after New York inked goaltender Jaroslav Halák to a four-year, $18 million deal.
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