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Jake Virtanen signs a two-year deal with a Swedish club

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

On Sunday evening, the announcement was made that former Canucks winger Jake Virtanen had signed a two-year contract with EHC Visc in the Swiss second division.

The 26-year-old was a first-round pick (sixth overall) for the Vancouver Canucks back in 2014, and had expectations of becoming a legitimate top-6 power forward, however, he struggled with his points production over his six seasons (317 Games Played) with the club, before being bought out in the final year of his contract due to a sexual assault case.

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Last season, Virtanen went to the KHL in hopes that he could eventually land back in the NHL, however, his struggles continued as he put up just nine goals and seven assists in 36 games.

The Edmonton Oilers gave Jake Virtanen an opportunity to get back to the NHL when they signed him to a PTO (Professional Try-Out), from which he was released when he had zero goals and two assists in six pre-season games.

Will Jake ever make it back to the NHL?