Virtanen, 21, registered 10 goals and 10 assists in 75 games in 2017-18 — the final year of his entry-level deal.
His development has been a big talking point in Vancouver since he heard his name called with the sixth overall pick in 2014, and a major priority for the Canucks with plenty of trips up and down the organization’s ranks over the past three seasons. The power forward-in-progress suited up for 55 Canucks games as a 19-year-old in 2015-16 (seven goals, six assists), but has since struggled at times to adjust to the pro game.
In 140 regular season games over parts of three seasons at the NHL level, Virtanen has registered 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points.
Virtanen, who did not file for arbitration, was the Canucks’ last remaining RFA left to sign this off-season. The team inked defenceman Troy Stecher to a two-year, $4.65-million pre-arbitration settlement last week.