Sabres sign defenceman Henri Jokiharju to three-year, $7.5M deal

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Henri Jokiharju (10) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenceman Henri Jokiharju to a three-year contract with an average annual value of $2.5 million, the team announced Thursday.

Jokiharju, 22, produced three goals and five assists in 46 games with the Sabres last season.

A 2017 Blackhawks first-round draft choice, Jokiharju was coming off an entry-level deal he signed with Chicago in 2018. The Oulu, Finland native was acquired by the Sabres following his rookie campaign in 2018-19 for forward Alex Nylander.

The signing comes just hours after the Sabres agreed to an identical three-year, $7.5-million deal with 22-year-old forward Casey Mittelstadt.

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