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Jake Virtanen has chosen his NHL team!

He will play this upcoming season.


It appears that Jake Virtanen has chosen his next NHL destination. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Virtanen will soon be a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

Earlier this week, the Oilers and the Calgary Flames emerged as front-runners to sign Virtanen on a professional try-out deal (PTO). Bob Stauffer, Oilers TV and radio commentator and host of Oilers Now, reported how Virtanen has received interest from both teams in Alberta on a professional try-out deal (PTO). This was not the first time we’ve heard that the Oilers were interested in Virtanen. TSN’s Ryan Rishaug got the impression that the Oilers have extended a PTO to Virtanen and are awaiting a response from his camp.

It now seems that Virtanen has agreed to join the team in Edmonton. Some fans were quick to poke fun at the Oilers for signing both Evander Kane and Virtanen.

In July, the former Vancouver Canucks forward took the stand in his sexual assault trial, where he is being accused of a 2017 sexual assault on an 18 year old woman. He pleaded not guilty in the case and maintained that the sexual relations between him and his accuser were entirely consensual. Following a week-long trial and full day of deliberations, the jury found Virtanen not guilty of sexual assault.

So far in his career in the NHL, Virtanen posted 55 goals and 100 points in a total of 317 games. Last season in the KHL with Moscow Spartak, he put up nine goals and 16 points in 36 contests.

This rumoured deal with Edmonton might be his last chance in the NHL, he better make the best of it.

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