Another off-season signing.
The Blue Jackets have signed forward Joona Luoto to a one-year, two-way contract for the upcoming season.
NEWS: Blue Jackets sign F Joona Luoto to one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract. Luoto led Tappara to Liiga championship and won Jari Kurri Award as top playoff performer in 2022. https://t.co/xwS6sdONXs— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) June 1, 2022
Luoto is a 24-year-old 6-foot-3-inch 201-pound winger that has brief NHL experience. He played 16 games for the Winnipeg Jets in 2019-20 and recorded two penalty minutes. In his 29 games across two seasons with Winnipeg's AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, he scored two goals and six assists.
He has spent most of the last five seasons in the Liiga, the top league in Finland. This season, playing for Tappara Tampere, he was named the best player in the playoffs after scoring eight goals and 17 points in 14 games. In 175 regular-season games in Liiga, he posted 35 goals and 61 points.