Apr 10, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; The New York Islanders celebrate their victory over the Montreal Canadiensduring at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders sign Jesse Graham, Ville Pokka


The New York Islanders announced Saturday that the club has signed Jesse Graham to a three-year, entry-level contract. It was also announced earlier this week that the franchise has signed Ville Pokka to a three-year, entry-level contract as well.

The 20 year old from Oshawa, Ontario was the team captain of the Niagara IceDogs until he was traded in November and joined the Saginaw Spirit. Saginaw went to the playoffs but unfortunately lost in the first round. Graham scored 11 goals with 43 assists resulting in 54 points throughout 64 games played last season throughout the Ontario Hockey League.

Graham then joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. He scored four points, including one goal and three assists, throughout seven games with Sound Tigers.

Graham was placed on the OHL First All-Rookie Team in 2010-11 after scoring 18 points in 63 games with Niagara. He totaled 152 points in 265 career games with the OHL.

Graham has also played internationally and won a gold medal with Team Canada-Ontario at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Pokka was drafted by the Islanders in the second round of the 2012 draft. He had six goals and 21 assists in 54 games in his third season playing in Finland with Karpat. Pokka was one of three finalists for top defenseman in the league.

Pokka has also seen international play and has represented Finland at the past three World Junior championships, a part of this years gold medal team.

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