The San Jose Sharks have signed Finnish centre Antti Suomela to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Suomela led Finland’s top professional league (Liiga) in scoring, recording 21 goals and 39 assists in 59 games with JYP Jyväskylä in 2017-18. The 24-year-old has represented his native Finland on several occasions, including the 2018 World Championships.
“Antti’s a very skilled centre who has improved his development and production in each of his three seasons in Finland’s top league,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. “We like his combination of skill, speed and defensive awareness and think his style of play fits with the way we play as a team. After leading the league in scoring, he had a number of teams interested in his services, and we are excited that he chose San Jose. We look forward to him joining our organization.”