Canadiens sign Jesse Ylönen to NHL entry-level contract

Second-round pick at 2018 NHL Draft had 12-10-22 totals in 53 games this season with the Lahti Pelicans in the Finnish Elite League.

Forward Jesse Ylonen poses for photo after being selected by the Canadiens in the second round (35th overall) of NHL Draft on June 23, 2018 in Dallas. Tom Pennington / Getty Images

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Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year, NHL entry-level contract with forward Jesse Ylönen.

The Canadiens selected the 20-year-old right-winger in the second round (35th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft. In 53 games this season with the Lahti Pelicans in the Finnish Elite League, Ylönen had 12-10-22 totals and was minus-20.

Ylönen was born in Arizona when his father, Juha, was playing for the Coyotes. Ylönen has played 106 games with the Pelicans over the last two seasons, posting 25-24-49 totals.

Ylönen’s father played six seasons in the NHL with the Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators, posting 26-76-102 totals in 341 games.

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