Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallonannounced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Aleksi Heponiemi on a three-year, entry-level contract beginning in the 2019-20 season.
"We are thrilled to have agreed to terms with Aleksi," said Tallon. "He is an immensely skilled and dynamic player with excellent vision and hockey IQ. Aleksi has been an elite player at every level and a leader on winning teams on the junior and international stages. We look forward to Aleksi's development with the Panthers and believe he will be an important part of our organization's success for years to come."
Heponiemi, 20, completed his first professional season, appearing in 50 games for Kärpät of Finland's Liiga and producing 46 points (16-30-46). The 5-foot-11, 154-pound native of Tampere, Finland led all Liiga rookies in points, while finishing second on Kärpät in points and tying for first on the club in assists. In the playoffs, Heponiemi tallied three goals in 17 games.
On the international stage, Heponiemi won a gold medal with Finland at the 2019 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship registering a tournament-leading nine points and six assists.