The Vancouver Canucks announced the signing of defenseman Olli Juolevi to a three-year entry level contact. The 2016 fifth overall pick put up monster numbers in 2015-16, registering 42 points (9-33). He was third in rookie defenseman scoring in the Ontario Hockey League, and was a crucial part in the Knights’ Memorial Cup championship. Juolevi also won gold in the 2016 World Juniors and led all defenseman in points with 9 (0-9).
Juolevi was already expected to play again for the London Knights next season but this move obviously hastens his chance to get to the big club. General manager Jim Benning sounded slightly different about Juolevi’s than he did earlier, saying that the Canucks, “look forward to seeing him continue his development and compete at the NHL level during training camp in September.”