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New York Rangers sign defenseman Tarmo Reunanen to entry-level contract

The New York Rangers continue to improve their blueline by signing defenseman Tarmo Reunanen to an entry-level contract.

Frank Curto

On Wednesday, the New York Rangers announced they have agreed to terms with defenseman Tarm Reunanen on an entry-level contract.

The 21-year-old recorded six goals with 25 points, appearing in 58 games for Lukko in Liiga this past season. He established Liiga career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including games played, goals, assists, and points.

Reunanen saw plenty of ice time in Liiga ranking second among players 21 years old or younger with average ice time in 2018-19 of  21:14. The defenseman logged at least 24:00 of ice time in 19 of his final 31 regular season games, including 12 consecutive games from Dec. 11 to Jan. 17.

The defenseman also skated in six playoff games with Lukko during the past season, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with a +1 rating and two penalty minutes.

The Finn was a fourth-round draft choice of the Rangers in the 2016 NHL Draft.

He joins a Rangers squad with talent and skill. Brady Skjei, Neal Pionk and Anthony DeAngelo, along with players looking to make the team full time such as Libor Hajek, Ryan Lindgren and 2018 first-round draft pick K’Andre Miller, currently playing for Wisconsin.

The Blueshirts continue to build a team with youth, speed and skill as they gear for the start of the season when training camp begins in September.

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