The Montreal Canadiens have signed their former 3rd round (65th overall) draft pick Joonas Nattinen from the 2009 NHL draft. The 6’2″ 186 lbs centreman and the Canadiens organization agreed on a 3 year two-way contract financial terms were not disclosed as per club policy.
“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Joonas Nattinen. Joonas is a promising young player with size and skills. Despite his young age, he proved to be a very good player in a competitive professional league in Finland for the past two seasons, and also was a key member of the Finnish national team at the World Juniors last year,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.
Nattinen totaled 55 points (16 goals, 39 assists) in 51 career games in the Junior A SM-Liiga. In three seasons with Espoo and Hämeenlinna in the SM-Liiga Nattinen posted 5 assists with 20 penalty minutes in the 58 games he played. Nattinen also competed in 3 World Junior Championships with his country Finland (Ottawa in 2009, Saskatchewan in 2010 and Buffalo just this past year). He totaled 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 18 games.