Dallas Stars‘ 7th round deep pick in the 2011 draft (#195 overall) 5th year Finnish-born defenseman Jyrki Jokipappa(2) won a Calder Cup in his rookie season on reassignment with affiliate Texas Stars.
In 21 playoff games he had 5 assists and was a +8.
The rangy 6’3″ 210 lbs. blue liner was a late training camp cut showing in preseason action he was ready to step up his efforts.
In 23 NHL games he already has 6 assists.
In 19 AHL games he struck for 3 goals and 2 assists.
He was even loaned back in the first season of his three-year entry level deal to continue his development overseas before arriving here and is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the current campaign.
The 23-year old will easily be given a qualifying offer for another year, if not tied up for another two.