The Dallas Stars club announced Friday evening that they have signed former 2012 NHL draft pick and goalie prospect Henri Kiviaho.
As the Stars were filing through their 2012 draft picks that if not signed by June 1st, by rule, they would be allowed to enter the NHL draft once more. As they negotiated with different players, they let Mike Winther (their 54th overall pick) and Cody Payne (Boston’s 145th pick) that they would not be receiving contracts from the organization.
Jim Nill made the announcement and notified the media that it is a 3 year entry level contract but per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed or let out to the press.
The 6-foot-3 190 pound 20 year old from Finland was selected by the Stars 144th overall in the 2012 draft. He played his past season with KalPa U20 of Finland’s SM-Liiga and with their Junior A program.
In 2011-12, he averaged a 2.78 GAA and a .909 SV% in 28 season games and a 4.04 GAA and .867 SV% in 9 postseason games.
In 2012-13, he averaged a 2.66 GAA and .904 SV% in 31 season games and a 2.68 GAA and .914 SV% in 3 postseason games.
In 2013-14, he averaged a 2.92 GAA and a .881 SV% in 13 season games with no playoff appearances.
His two tournament performances consisted of a 5.11 GAA and .808 SV% in 1 game in 2012-13 and a 4.24 GAA and .843 SV% in 3 games in 2013-14.
This is one of potentially few moves between now and June 1 with all the 2012 draft picks. The Stars will continue to look at these prospects over the next eight days and make moves where necessary.