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Sabres sign Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to entry-level deal

Posted: 4:33 PM, Jun 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-14 20:33:34Z

On Thursday the Buffalo Sabres announced they've signed 2017 second-round pick Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a three-year, entry-level deal. 

Luukkonen spent the majority of last season with LeKi [on loan] playing professionally in Finland's second division. In 24 games, Luukkonen finished with an 11-11-2 record along with a .909 save percentage and 2.92 goals against average. 

Luukkonen also played for Finland in the 2018 World Junior Championships held in Buffalo, starting all five games and posting  a 3.13 goals against average. 

Bove's take: 

This move should come as no surprise considering the Sabres lack of goaltending depth. With Linus Ullmark set to start next season in Buffalo, Luukkonen could likely end up in Rochester while continuing to develop. 

With limited exposure to Luukkonen over the years, he's a tough prospect to evaluate. That said, he has all the measurables to be desired and from what scouts have said, has plenty of potential. 

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