24-year-old forward Ville Leskinen has signed a one-year contract extension with Kärpät. The upcoming season will be his third with the team. Leskinen scored 23 goals and 22 assists in 49 games this past season to finish 13th in Liiga scoring. He registered one goal and 10 assists in 17 playoff games en route to win the championship.
Here are a few highlights from the 2017-18 season:
Leskinen is a highly skilled puck handler with excellent poise and vision. He has a nose for the net, above-average speed and is slippery in the offensive zone. He can play on either wing but spent the past season on the right side. If he continues progress next season, it is likely that the talented forward will soon play on an even bigger stage.