Dallas Stars Sign Joel Kiviranta, Release Several Draft Picks

Summarizing a few stories from the past week as we work on some longer term projects in the background here at 100 Degree Hockey...

First, the Dallas Stars signed forward Joel Kiviranta to a two-year entry level contract. He's likely to end up with Texas if he comes over the North America this coming season.

Second, Dallas announced that several drafted players had not been signed to an NHL deal and were eligible to become free agents or re-enter the NHL draft. Brett Davis, Liam Hawel, and Jermaine Loewen are eligible to re-enter the draft. Goalie Markus Ruusu becomes a free agent. Among this group, I think Hawel was closest to getting a deal but didn't do enough in the OHL playoffs to make a mark.

Here's the release on Kiviranta:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Joel Kiviranta to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Kiviranta, 23, spent the 2018-19 season with Vaasan Sport of Liiga, where he tallied 31 points (16-15=31) in 48 games. His 16 goals were third on the team and he finished tied for second on the club with a +12 plus/minus rating. In five seasons with the team, he appeared in 260 games, posting 114 points (60-54=114).

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound native of Vantaa, Finland helped his country earn a gold medal at the 2019 World Championship in Slovakia skating in nine games and recording three points (2-1=3). He scored the game-winning goal against France in the preliminary round.