Finnish Forward Joona Luoto Poised to Make NHL Debut

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets have recalled forward Joona Luoto from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

The Jets also announced they have placed forward Bryan Little on injured reserve. Little was struck near the ear on a shot during a game against New Jersey on Tuesday night and received 25-30 stitches to close a laceration.

Luoto, 22, had three assists in nine games with Manitoba this season, his first in North America.

Joona Luoto Manitoba Moose
Joona Luoto, Manitoba Moose (Jenae Anderson / The Hockey Writers)

The Finnish forward signed a three-year deal with the Jets in June after playing the past three seasons with Tappara.

Luoto could make his NHL debut on Friday when the Jets host the Vancouver Canucks.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 7, 2019.

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