Aarne Talvitie appears to be heading to the pros. According to The Athletic’s Corey Masisak, the Penn State forward is expected to sign an AHL deal and report to the Binghamton Devils, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, for the remainder of the season.
Though official details have not yet been announced, Talvitie has been added to the Binghamton Devils’ roster, according to the AHL’s transaction page.
#NJDevils prospect Aarne Talvitie has been added to the Binghamton Devils roster, according to the AHL transactions site.— NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) March 24, 2021
Talvitie was drafted by the Devils in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The Devils would have held his rights until August 2022, should Talvitie have returned for his senior year. If a deal could not have been reached by then, he would have become an unrestricted free agent.
Talvitie burst onto the scene as a freshman with 16 points in his first 17 games, displaying dynamic skating ability and an otherworldly quick release on his wrist shot.
Midway through the season, he captained his native Finland to the gold medal in the World Junior Championships. The feat was bittersweet, however, as during that gold medal game, he suffered a knee injury which would sideline him for the remainder of his freshman season.
Though he lost some explosiveness in his skating due to the injury, he still put up 13 goals and 32 points over his sophomore and junior campaigns, closing out his collegiate career with 18 goals and 48 points in 68 games.
The details of Talvitie’s contract are officially official. Talvitie inked a two-year, entry-level deal with the Devils that will begin with the 2021-22 season. He also signed an AHL deal for and will join the Binghamton Devils for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
Talvitie becomes the tenth Nittany Lion to sign an NHL contract.