Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Miikka Salomaki to a two-year, $1.225 million contract that will see him receive $575,000 in 2016-17 and $650,000 in 2017-18.
Salomaki, 22 (3/9/93), has seven points (4g-3a) in 45 games this season and eight points (5g-3a) in 46 career NHL games since scoring in his Predators debut on Jan. 8, 2015, vs. Dallas. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound left wing spent the majority of his first two North American professional seasons with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals from 2013-15, amassing 70 points (28g-42a) in 117 games. He posted a team-leading 50 points (20g-30a) as a rookie in 2013-14, good for a tie for fifth among first-year AHLers.
Nashville’s second choice, 52nd overall (second round), in the 2011 Entry Draft, the Raahe, Finland, native has represented his country internationally on seven occasions, most recently helping the Suomi to a silver medal at the 2014 World Championship. Salomaki played for Karpat’s Under-18, Junior and Elite League teams from 2009-13, winning a junior league title and being named league rookie of the year in 2009-10.