The Florida Panthers have given Juho Lammikko a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Friday.
The 20-year-old forward put up a career-high 55 points (22-33-55) through 59 games in the OHL with the Kingston Frontenacs. This is his second season with Kingston after coming to North America from the Ässät system in Finland.
Additionally, Lammikko played with the Finnish team at the 2016 World Junior Championship, earning a gold medal on home ice.
The Panthers drafted the 6-foot-2 winger in the 3rd round (65th overall) of the 2014 draft.
Lammikko has been assigned to the Portland Pirates of the AHL now that Kingston has been eliminated from the OHL playoffs. They were swept by the Niagara IceDogs in the second round of the OHL postseason.
Joining him is 18-year-old Lawson Crouse, who was selected 11th overall in the 2015 draft by the Florida Panthers.
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