July 9, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher speaks to the media during a press conference at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Keranen signs one-year contract with Minnesota Wild

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The Minnesota Wild announced the signing of Michael Keranen to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2014-15 season.

Wild general manager, Chuck Fletcher, is excited to have Keranen join the team.

“We are excited to get Michael under contract for next season,” Fletcher said. “He had a very good year in Finland and our scouting staff thinks he is ready for the challenge of coming to North America. We are happy to add him to our lists of prospects and look forward to seeing how he performs in training camp.”

The 24-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden has been playing with Ilves Tampere in Liiga, Finland’s top professional league. Keranen had 17 goals, 35 assists and a plus-12 rating over 52 games played last season. His 52 points placed him tied for the lead in the league in addition to becoming the first to score six game winning goals.

Keranen received the Golden Helmet Award as the best player in Liuga which is an award voted for by players. He also received the Lasse Oksanen Award as the best player of the year throughout the regular season. Another achievement was being named to the 2013-14 all-star team.

Over the past four season with the Ilves, Keranen has 101 points including 41 goals and 60 assists over the course of 194 games. He also had 122 penalty minutes.

Kernanen brings great depth to the lineup, something the Wild cannot get enough of. He has excellent passing skills demonstrated by his 60 assists throughout last season. Definite skill is brought to the lineup with Kernanen, however Fletcher must know where and how to play him into the already successful team.

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